GOP senator compares Trump impeachment proceedings to Soviet 'show trial'

Louisiana Sen. Bill CassidyBill CassidySenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Optimism grows that infrastructure deal will get to Biden's desk Biden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet MORE (R) knocked Democrats on Sunday over the speed at which the House voted to impeach former President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE last month, comparing it to a "show trial," the likes of which he said would have been found in the Soviet Union.

Speaking with host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddChuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Officers recount the horror of Jan. 6 NFL Network's Rich Eisen says he has COVID-19 despite being vaccinated MORE on NBC's "Meet the Press," Cassidy said he believed House Democrats had done an "incredibly poor job" at building a case for impeachment ahead of their vote last month. Ten House Republicans joined Democrats in voting in favor of impeaching Trump over inciting an insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

"The president wasn't there. He wasn't allowed counsel. They didn't amass evidence. In five hours, they kind of judged, and boom, he's impeached," Cassidy said. "Now, I'm told that under the Watergate, under the Clinton impeachments, there were truckloads of information. Here, there was a video. There was no process. I mean, it's almost like, you know, if it happened in the Soviet Union, you would've called it a show trial."

Cassidy went on to claim that there was no "defensible process" behind the House's impeachment vote. Despite the characterization and criticism of the proceedings, Cassidy claimed he would act as an impartial juror. 

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffA new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign Officers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Calif.), who was the lead impeachment manager during the 2020 Senate impeachment trial, responded to Cassidy's remarks on MSNBC later Sunday, explaining that the House's speed was a result of "a real sense of urgency because the president had just incited a mob that attacked the Capitol and killed, resulted in the deaths of five people."

The senator's remarks are the latest sign that Democrats' efforts to convict Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 riot that overtook Congress will face a steep uphill battle in the Senate, where they would need 17 Republicans to vote in favor of conviction.

Republicans who voted in favor of impeachment in the House said afterward that it likely cost them their political careers. Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris MORE (Wyo.), the highest-ranking Republican to vote in favor of impeachment, later faced calls for her removal from leadership and censure from her state Republican party.