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Louisiana GOP rebukes Cassidy over vote saying Trump trial constitutional

Louisiana GOP rebukes Cassidy over vote saying Trump trial constitutional
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The Louisiana Republican Party on Tuesday issued a rebuke of Sen. Bill CassidyBill CassidyPortman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle MORE (R-La.) over his vote declaring that former President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE’s impeachment trial is constitutional.

Cassidy joined five other Republican senators and every Democrat in the upper chamber in rejecting an attempt to derail the proceedings. Cassidy had previously supported an effort by Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFauci says he puts 'very little weight in the craziness of condemning me' Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior Rand Paul does not support a national minimum wage increase — and it's important to understand why MORE (R-Ky.) that would have declared the trial unconstitutional and was the only lawmaker to vote for that measure and flip Tuesday to say the trial can proceed. Cassidy also later said Trump's defense team was "disorganized."

“The Republican Party of Louisiana is profoundly disappointed by Senator Bill Cassidy’s vote on the constitutionality of the impeachment trial now underway against former President, now private citizen, Donald J. Trump,” the party said in a statement.

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“We feel that an impeachment trial of a private citizen is not only an unconstitutional act, but also an attack on the very foundation of American democracy, which will have far reaching and unforeseen consequences for our republic,” it added. 

The statement comes as the first day of Trump’s impeachment trial winds down.

The House, led by every Democrat and 10 Republicans, impeached Trump last month over his role in inciting the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill that resulted in the deaths of several people.

Republicans have overwhelmingly touted the idea that a trial is unconstitutional since Trump is now a private citizen, though that rationale has received pushback from several legal scholars, and Democrats, who control both the House and the Senate, have rejected the argument.

The Louisiana GOP heaped praise onto Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.), who voted to halt the trial, saying he remained “steadfast in his opposition to the fake impeachment trial” and “made the right decision.”

Cassidy is the latest lawmaker to be reprimanded by a state Republican Party over a vote or remark that is at odds with Trump. Among them are Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyLiz Cheney hired security after death threats: report Cheney: 'It is disgusting and despicable' to see Gosar 'lie' about Jan. 6 GOP's Stefanik defends Trump DOJ secret subpoenas MORE (R-Wyo.) who was censured by the Wyoming Republican Party for her vote to impeach Trump, and Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerKinzinger: Conspiracy theory FBI planned Jan. 6 example of 'legacy of Trump and Trumpism' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' Why the Democrats need Joe Manchin MORE (R-Ill.), who was censured by a county Republican Party in his district.

Cassidy’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.