At least five GOP committees in Pennsylvania, so far have voted to censure Republican Sen. Pat Toomey after his vote to convict Donald Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.
According to CBS Pittsburgh Republican leaders from Clarion, Lawrence, Washington, York, and Centre Counties have voted to censure Toomey.
In a statement explaining his decision to convict Donald Trump on Saturday, Toomey said, the former President’s “betrayal of the Constitution and his oath of office required conviction.”
“He began with dishonest, systematic attempts to convince supporters that he had won. His lawful, but unsuccessful, legal challenges failed due to lack of evidence. Then, he applied intense pressure on state and local officials to reverse the election outcomes in their states,” he said.
“When these efforts failed, President Trump summoned thousands to Washington, D.C. and inflamed their passions by repeating disproven allegations about widespread fraud,” he continued. “He urged the mob to march on the Capitol for the explicit purpose of preventing Congress and the Vice President from formally certifying the results of the presidential election. All of this to hold on to power despite having legitimately lost.”
Ultimately, the Senate vote of 57-43 fell short of the two-thirds needed to convict.
GOP Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Mitt Romney (Utah), Ben Sasse (Neb.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.) voted with all 50 Democrats to say Donald Trump is guilty of the charge of inciting an insurrection.