Six Republican senators joined Democrats in voting to continue the trial. The vote was 56-44. Sens. Collins of Maine, Cassidy of Louisiana, Murkowski of Alaska, Romney of Utah, Sasse of Nebraska, and Toomey of Pennsylvania endorsed the trial against former President Trump as constitutional.
Sen. Bill Cassidy was the only Republican to change his vote. In a tweet released from his office, he clarified that he had heard the arguments from both sides on the constitutionality of having a Senate trial of a “president who has since left office.”
“A sufficient amount of evidence of constitutionality exists for the Senate to proceed with the trial,” said Cassidy. “This vote is not a prejudgment of the final vote to convict.”
Cassidy urged those who disagreed with him to “listen to the arguments presented by the House Managers and former President Trump’s lawyers.” “The House managers had much stronger constitutional arguments,” concluded Cassidy. “The president’s team did not.”
— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) February 9, 2021