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Cassidy: It was clear that Trump 'wished that lawmakers be intimidated'

Cassidy: It was clear that Trump 'wished that lawmakers be intimidated'
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Sen. Bill CassidyBill CassidyTrump was unhinged and unchanged at CPAC Republicans, please save your party Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra MORE (R-La.) on Sunday discussed his decision to join six other GOP colleagues in voting to impeach former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE, making it the most bipartisan impeachment vote in U.S. history.

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Cassidy explained to host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosKhashoggi colleague: 'Why are we making an alliance with a dictator?' Fauci on Johnson & Johnson vaccine: 'Just be really grateful' Portman on Trump's dominance of GOP: Republican Party's policies are 'even more popular' MORE that his decision came down to his belief that Trump attempted to prevent a peaceful transfer of power to President BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE.

“It was clear that he wished that lawmakers be intimidated,” Cassidy said, referring to the rally that Trump appeared at before the deadly Capitol breach on Jan. 6.

“And even after he knew there was violence taking place, he continued to basically sanction the mob being there. And not until later that he actually asked them to leave,” Cassidy continued. “All of that points to a motive and a method and that is wrong. He should be held accountable.”

Cassidy added that he believed Trump's influence in the Republican Party is waning. 

"The Republican Party is more than just one person," he added.

Cassidy has been condemned by members of the Louisiana GOP for his vote to impeach Trump. The Republican Party of Louisiana voted to censure him on Saturday. Stephanopoulos noted that a Louisiana GOP official accused Cassidy of no longer representing the majority of people in Louisiana.

"I have the privilege of having the facts before me, and being able to spend several days deeply going into those facts," Cassidy responded. "People want to trust. They want to trust their leaders, they want people to be held accountable. Now we are holding — I'm attempting to hold President Trump accountable, and that is the trust I have from the people that elected me. And I am very confident that as time passes, people will move to that position."

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