“Our senators have both been criticized for their vote,” the Utah GOP wrote. The differences between our own Utah Republicans show a diversity of thought as opposed to the danger of a party determined on “unanimity in thought.” There is power in our disagreements as a political party, and we look forward to each senator explaining their votes to the people of Utah. “
Romney joined a handful of other Republicans and all Democrats in the Senate to vote on the charge. the trial against Trump was constitutional
and ultimately to judge the former president
. Lee, meanwhile, voted for the trial to be unconstitutional and acquitted Trump.
“Disagreement is natural and healthy in a party based on principles – not on persona. In fact, those principles are the cause of unprecedented American prosperity over the past four years,” Utah Republican leaders wrote, adding that “as 2021 begins, we look neither to the past nor to being punitive. “
The group’s move contradicts several other state Republican parties’ decisions to censor their senators who voted against Trump’s interests.
Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, who will not run for re-election, is faces a no-confidence vote from the Republican Party of North Carolina
Monday for his vote to judge Trump.
Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, who, like Romney, voted for the constitutionality and conviction of the trial, was soon censored by the Louisiana Republican Party
after he cast his guilty vote. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who voted in the same way, was is already facing a no-confidence motion from the Republican Party of Nebraska
before his guilty voice.
Such reprimands have also been applicable to U.S. representatives. Reps. Liz Cheney
of Wyoming, Republican No. 3 in the House of Representatives, and Tom Rice
of South Carolina were censored by the Republican parties of their own states after voting last month with eight other House Republicans for accusing Trump
Romney and Lee had made unique comos in materials set out in the indictment.
New security footage presented during the trial last Wednesday showed that Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman
potentially rescued Romney from the violent mob that had broken the American Capitol. The security video shows Goodman running as the mob begins to enter the Capitol, then Romney passes and redirects him from the rebel trail before continuing to the first floor to respond to the violation and divert the mob from lawmakers.
Lee on his side reversed telephone records
to the House’s prosecutors and sheds light on the timing of a call that had been referred to during the trial.
CNN reported last month
that Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani had both mistakenly called Lee when the deadly uprising unfolded on Capitol Hill – calls intended for another GOP senator, the White House was frantically trying to convince to delay the count of the votes for the Electoral College. Lee’s spokesman previously told CNN that the calls from Trump and Giuliani were intended for Senator Tommy Tuberville, a newly elected Republican from Alabama.
A list of calls Lee gave to executives showed a highlighted incoming call from an area code in Washington, DC at 6 p.m. 14:26 ET on January 6th. That put the call two minutes after Trump sent a tweet attacking Vice President Mike Pence on the day of the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
House House prosecutors had referred to the call, arguing that Trump did not take sufficient steps to end the mob as the attack unfolded and sought to provide insight into his state of mind at the time.