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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 CassidyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Biden sales pitch heads to Virginia and Louisiana Republicans hammer Biden on infrastructure while administration defends plan MORE (R-La.) on Sunday discussed his decision to join six other GOP colleagues in voting to impeach former President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report 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 StephanopoulosHarris: I don't think America is a racist country, but we need to speak truth about history Biden meets with TV anchors ahead of joint address CDC director 'cautiously optimistic' about coronavirus situation in US MORE that his decision came down to his belief that Trump attempted to prevent a peaceful transfer of power to President BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain 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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