“If Senate Republicans fail to convict Donald Trump, it won’t be because the facts were with him or his lawyers mounted a competent defense,” Clinton wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “It will be because the jury includes his co-conspirators.”
If Senate Republicans fail to convict Donald Trump, it won't be because the facts were with him or his lawyers mounted a competent defense. It will be because the jury includes his co-conspirators.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 10, 2021
Cassidy said in a statement, “We have heard arguments on 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. This vote is not a prejudgment on the final vote to convict.”
He continued, “If anyone disagrees with my vote and would like an explanation, I ask them to listen to the arguments presented by the House Managers and former President Trump’s lawyers. The House managers had much stronger constitutional arguments. The president’s team did not.”
He also suggested the vote for Republicans is a conscience one.
Trump’s defense team received several critiques from a group of senators after the first day of the trial wrapped up.
Trump attorney David Schoen later replied, “I’ll have to do better next time.”