Votes by Florida's Scott and Rubio help ensure Trump won't be convicted


The former Trump ally unleashed a searing rebuke of the ex-president, calling his actions preceding the assault a "disgraceful dereliction" of duty. "And to have a longtime Trump adviser say something like that, I think, you know, establishes that even inside his own circle of advisers, allies, and associates, there are some major questions about this man's character, Wolf". Lisa Murkowski of Alaska told reporters.

Scott, who in a 2017 Lincoln Day speech in The Villages described his friendship of more than two decades with Trump, had called impeachment "a complete waste of time".

Democrats holding out long-shot hopes of convicting Trump would have needed 17 Republicans to prevail, which as expected proved an unreachable goal.

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted for acquittal but said Trump was "practically and morally" responsible for the January 6 violence.

Most of the defecting Republicans had clashed with Trump over the years.

Perhaps the day's most surprising GOP defector was Burr, a 16-year Senate veteran who keeps a low profile in Washington and after years as top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee is used to telegraphing little about his views.

Meghan Markle's name was removed from Archie's birth certificate
Meghan also said it was " offensive" to suggest she had wanted to be " nameless" on her child's birth certificate. Others thought it might be a nod to Princess Diana , who used the title HRH the Princess of Wales.

Even before the November election, Trump repeatedly claimed that if he lost it would be due to fraud by Democrats, a false accusation that he continued to assert until leaving office.

He said there was no evidence that Trump incited an "armed insurrection" to "overthrow the US government" and to think that Trump would have wanted that is "absurd".

CNN has reached out to Cassidy for comment on the state party's censure.

"The failure to convict Donald Trump will live as a vote of infamy in the history of the United States Senate", Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said soon after 43 of the Republican Senators voted to acquit Trump. "That's when, according to McCarthy, the president said: 'Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are'".

Toomey, a traditional conservative, decried Trump's efforts to overturn election results - Trump's targets include Toomey's Pennsylvania - and to encourage his supporters' march on the Capitol. "This was his essential M.O. He knew that, egged on by his tweets, his lies and his promise of a "wild" time in Washington to guarantee his grip on power, his most extreme followers would show up bright and early, ready to attack, ready to engage in violence, ready to "fight like hell" for their hero". "We heard the roundly debunked jurisdictional argument that the Senate cannot try a former official, a position that would mean that any President could simply resign to avoid accountability for an impeachable offence, a position which in effect would render the Senate powerless to ever enforce the disqualification clause in the constitution".