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Louisiana GOP censures Cassidy for vote to convict Trump

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s Republican Party on Saturday censured GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy for voting to convict former President Donald Trump at his second impeachment trial.

Cassidy joined six other Republicans and all 50 Democrats in voting to convict Trump on Saturday for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump was acquitted, since 67 Senate votes were needed to secure a conviction.

Cassidy said Trump, who was charged with “incitement of insurrection,” was guilty.

“Our Constitution and our country is more important than any one person,” Cassidy said in a video he posted on social media. “I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty.”

Shortly after the Senate’s vote, the Republican Party of Louisiana said in a statement that its executive committee unanimously voted for Cassidy to be censured, a largely symbolic expression of disapproval.

“We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the vote today by Sen. Cassidy to convict former President Trump,” the group said in a tweet. “Fortunately, clearer heads prevailed and President Trump has been acquitted of the impeachment charge filed against him.”

Cassidy was reelected last November to a second six-year term.

Louisiana’s other senator, Republican Sen. John Kennedy, voted to acquit Trump.

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