Burr faces distrust from North Carolina GOP to vote to judge Trump

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The vote – which is being held by the party’s central committee, according to party spokesman Tim Wigginton – is likely to pass given the rapid Republican anger against the senator on Saturday after he cast his guilty vote. Among Burr’s critics is State Party President Michael Whatley, who called the senator’s decision “shocking and disappointing.”

Although Burr has already announced that he will not seek re-election in 2022 and therefore will not meet with voters again, the vote underscores his party’s dissatisfaction with his decision and makes Burr, who was one in seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump the last member of this group to be subjected to a motion of censure by his state party.
Republicans acquitted Trump again, but this time it is different
Senator Bill Cassidy was censored by the Republican Party of Louisiana on Saturday after he also cast a guilty verdict in the trial – a reprimand the senator later brushed off, and said he was elected to “maintain an oath to support and defend the Constitution.”

The 57 guilty votes Saturday were below the 67 needed to convict the former president, resulting in his acquittal on the charge of inciting the January 6 uprising.

Burr said in a statement Saturday that Trump “bears responsibility” for the uprising, adding that the former president “used his office to first inflame the situation instead of immediately calling for an end to the attack.”

“The evidence is convincing that President Trump is guilty of inciting a revolt against an equal branch of government and that the charge is rising to the level of high crime and abuse. That is why I have voted to judge,” the statement read.

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