BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s two Republican U.S. senators are taking totally different approaches to the second impeachment trial in opposition to former President Donald Trump.
U.S. Sen. John Kennedy referred to as your entire continuing unconstitutional and an effort to smear those that voted to reelect Trump, whereas U.S. Sen. Invoice Cassidy mentioned he doesn’t intend to “pre-judge” the case.
Each senators voted Tuesday in opposition to transferring ahead with the trial, nonetheless.
However Cassidy’s workplace described the senator’s vote as a procedural transfer that doesn’t essentially mirror how he’ll vote on the impeachment cost of “incitement of riot” within the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol.
In a name with reporters, Cassidy refused to say whether or not he believes Trump dedicated an impeachable offense.
“I’ll hearken to the proof and search out as a lot as potential what the reality is — and that may decide how I vote,” mentioned Cassidy, who was reelected final yr.
Kennedy, who’s up for reelection subsequent yr, issued an announcement panning the trial. He mentioned he’ll “vote once more later within the impeachment trial to dismiss the impeachment proceedings” as unconstitutional.
He referred to as the trial “a thinly veiled effort by the uber-elites in our nation, who look down on most Individuals, to denigrate additional these individuals who selected to vote for President Trump and never vote for President Biden.”