Barrasso and Lummis vote against impeachment of Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C — The United States Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump. Wyoming Senators John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis voted to acquit the former president on charges of inciting the attacks at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

On Feb. 9, both Barrasso and Lummis voted against the impeachment trial proceeding, calling it unconstitutional.

House impeachment managers needed to convince 17 republicans to cross party lines and vote to convict Trump. The final vote was 57-43, 10 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to impeach.

Seven Republican senators voted to convict including, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

Donald Trump is the only president to be impeached twice in the House but was not convicted in the Senate either time.

Following the attacks at the Capitol on Jan. 6, Twitter Inc. banned Donald Trump from the platform, saying, “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” Twitter Inc. cited tweets from the former president that violated their “glorification of violence policy.”

According to Politico, Trump released a statement following his acquittal, “In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. There has never been anything like it!”

Senator Lummis released a statement following her vote to acquit, calling the trial a waste of time. It reads in part, “From the start, I made it clear that I believed this exercise was an unconstitutional distraction that prevented Congress from addressing the very real issues that Wyoming citizens are dealing with. While we spent a week on a political sideshow to which we already knew the ending (acquittal), Congress could have been working on a bipartisan COVID relief package to help struggling businesses in Wyoming.” adding, “With this trial, I fear Democrats have sent a dangerous precedent that enables any former President to be subjected to this spectacle all in the name of political theater. The people of Wyoming deserve better.”

Senator Barrasso shared a similar sentiment, saying that it is time for Congress to move forward.“We have an opportunity to bring about some much-needed healing by focusing on our greatest needs. There is important work to be done for the people of Wyoming and our country. We can start by working together to bring back jobs, get kids safely back to school, and by putting the virus behind us. The violence and mayhem of Jan. 6 will never be forgotten. I continue to reflect on the bravery of the men and women who protected our Capitol that day, and honor those who lost their lives in service.”

Forbes reported on the trial during the proceedings, citing 15 empty senate GOP seats during various intervals, with many not wearing masks, including Sen. Lummis, and others breaking to partake in interviews, struggling to stay awake, or doodling at their desks.

About The Author

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.

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