Sen. Bill Cassidy is dealing with a broadside from his state’s political get together for his determination to change positions and vote to call former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial constitutional.
In a press release launched Tuesday, simply hours after Cassidy (R-La.) opted in a last-minute determination to vote with the Democrats, the Louisiana GOP mentioned it was “profoundly disillusioned” by the senator’s vote, referring to the previous commander-in-chief as a “non-public citizen.”
“We really feel that an impeachment trial of a personal citizen will not be solely an unconstitutional act, but in addition an assault on the very basis of American democracy, which can have far reaching and unexpected penalties for our republic,” the assertion learn.
“We additionally remind all Individuals that former President Trump is harmless of the politically motivated, bogus costs now pending in opposition to him in a kangaroo court docket presided over by an overtly hostile political opponent,” it continued.
“How far justice has fallen within the brief time that Democrats have been in charge of the federal authorities!” the assertion closed.
A rep for Cassidy couldn’t instantly be reached by The Submit for response to the state get together’s condemnation.
Requested Wednesday if he stood by his vote after the rebuke, Cassidy mentioned sure.
“The problem was, is it constitutional? And on the finish of the day, clearly it had been established that it’s constitutional,” he mentioned.
In response to lead Trump protection lawyer Bruce Castor’s efficiency Tuesday, the Louisiana senator mentioned he modified his place on the matter of constitutionality.
Throughout Tuesday’s arguments, Castor mentioned the autumn of historic governments in Rome and Greece, mistakenly referred to himself because the “lead prosecutor,” and barely addressed the case in opposition to the previous president.
His dealing with of the proceedings was panned on each side of the Senate aisle, however Cassidy was the one lawmaker to change his place on the difficulty because of this.
Talking to reporters after the vote Tuesday, Cassidy slammed Castor and fellow lead protection lawyer David Schoen’s presentation.
“They did all the things they might however to discuss concerning the query at hand, and after they talked about it, they type of glided over it, nearly as in the event that they had been embarrassed of their arguments,” the GOP lawmaker mentioned.
“Now, I’m an neutral juror, and one facet is doing a terrific job, and the opposite facet is doing a horrible job on the difficulty at hand. As an neutral juror, I’m going to vote for the facet that did the nice job.”
Requested why the previous president’s staff missed the mark, Cassidy responded with a rhetorical query of his personal: “Did you pay attention to it?”
“It speaks for itself. It was disorganized, random, had nothing — they talked about many issues, however they didn’t discuss concerning the difficulty at hand,” he continued.
The senator additionally revealed that at one level, he leaned over to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to ask if Trump’s staff was even speaking concerning the difficulty at hand: the constitutionality of impeaching a former president.
“[Cruz] goes, ‘Not now,’” Cassidy mentioned. “I’m pondering possibly I’m lacking one thing.”