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“Constitution above loyalty to one person” LA senators remain at odds over impeachment trial constitutionality

Published: Feb. 11, 2021 at 2:48 PM CST
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA) are sitting through hours of oral arguments at the U.S. Capitol this week. While they sit on the same side of the political aisle they remain at odds over the constitutionality of this trial.

Senator Cassidy separated from most of his Republican colleagues finding this second impeachment trial of Donald Trump to be constitutional.

“I’m a Republican. Republicans put the Constitution above loyalty to a person,” said Cassidy.

Senator Kennedy would not grant an interview, but his spokesperson says, “The senator continues to think the proceedings are constitutionally dubious.”

The trial is now in its third day, with oral arguments painting a vivid picture of what happened during the January 6 insurrection. House managers are trying to tie the violent images from that day directly to former President Donald Trump.

“The president’s words successfully incited his supporters into assaulting his opponents,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, the lead impeachment manager.

Cassidy would not say whether he thinks Donald Trump incited the insurrection, and that he is still undecided how he will vote on conviction. He says he wants to hear from Trump’s defense team first, but he thinks the House managers put together a very good timeline of the events.

“It isn’t that I’m leaning one way or the other. It is that I am balancing facts and will make a decision in a constitutional manner based on those facts,” said Cassidy.

The Trump legal team will begin presenting their case Friday. They get 16 hours spread over two days to do so. Then senators have a chance to ask questions. Cassidy says he will ask questions, but does not know what he will address until he hears both sides.

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