Seven GOP senators vote to convict Trump

Seven Republican senators voted on Saturday to convict former President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE of inciting the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

GOP Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrAnti-Trump Republicans on the line in 2022 too The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks GOP senators say Biden COVID-19 strategy has 'exacerbated vaccine hesitancy' MORE (N.C.), Bill CassidyBill CassidyGOP warns McConnell won't blink on debt cliff House passes bill to prevent shutdown and suspend debt limit Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid MORE (La.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsLooking to the past to secure America's clean energy future Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGOP warns McConnell won't blink on debt cliff Graham tries to help Trump and McConnell bury the hatchet Trump, allies launch onslaught as midterms kick into gear MORE (Alaska), Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGraham tries to help Trump and McConnell bury the hatchet GOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase Five questions and answers about the debt ceiling fight MORE (Utah), Ben SasseBen SassePresident of newly recognized union for adult performers boosts membership Romney blasts Biden over those left in Afghanistan: 'Bring them home' Progressives breathe sigh of relief after Afghan withdrawal MORE (Neb.) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (Pa.) broke with their party, dealing a substantial blow to Trump.

The GOP senators joined with every member of the Democratic caucus but still fell short of the two-thirds majority — 67 votes — need to successfully find him "guilty," the question before the Senate.

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The support from Republicans is more GOP support than the impeachment effort received in 2020, when only Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) voted for one of the articles.

With 45, and subsequently 44, GOP senators voting to say that Trump's trial was unconstitutional, the number of GOP senators open to convicting was limited to a handful of must-watch Republicans.

Burr, who had previously said he wouldn't run for reelection, previously voted that the trial was unconstitutional but then voted to convict Trump on Saturday.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHow the Democratic Party's campaign strategy is failing America GOP should grab the chance to upend Pelosi's plan on reconciliation We don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis MORE (R-Ky.), who had kept his colleagues guessing for weeks, told reporters in an email on Saturday morning that he would vote to acquit Trump.

But it underscores that there's a bipartisan belief that Trump incited the riot after he falsely claimed for weeks that the election was "stolen" and then urged his supporters to march to the Capitol as former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence says he hopes conservative majority on Supreme Court will restrict abortion access Federal judge to hear case of Proud Boy alleged Jan. 6 rioter seeking release from jail The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit MORE and lawmakers were counting the Electoral College vote.

The GOP support in the Senate comes after 10 House Republicans supported the impeachment effort last month, making it the chamber's most bipartisan vote to impeach a president.