Republican Senator Bill Cassidy joined in with at least two Democrats who are calling for a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol riot – as he insisted Sunday Donald Trump ‘wanted lawmakers to be intimated’ by the mob.
‘I think there should be a complete investigation about what happened on January 6,’ Cassidy told ABC’s ‘This Week’. ‘Why was there not more law enforcement, National Guard already mobilized, what was known, who knew it, and when they knew it, all that, because that builds the basis so this never happens again in the future.’
Cassidy was one of the seven Republican senators who voted Saturday with Democrat to convict Trump for the article of impeachment for ‘incitement of insurrection’.
The Louisianan Republican told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulous on Sunday that Trump’s actions on that day fits in with the definition of incitement.
‘I listened very carefully to all the arguments. But if you describe insurrection as I did, as an attempt to prevent the peaceful transfer of power, we can see the president for two months after the election, promoting that the election was stolen,’ Cassidy said.
‘It was clear that he wished that lawmakers be intimidated,’ he said of Trump. ‘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 him to leave.’
He concluded: ‘All of that points to a motive, and a method. And that is wrong, he should be held accountable.’
Republican Senator Bill Cassidy said Sunday he is in favor of creating an independent commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol riot
Democrats Sen. Chris Coons (left) and Rep. Madeleine Dean (right) said they are in favor of creating a 9/11-style commission to conduct a probe into the events that day
Cassidy was rebuked by GOP officials in his home state on Saturday after he voted to convict Trump.
The executive committee of the Republican Party of Louisiana unanimously voted on Saturday evening to censure Cassidy.
The group released a statement on Twitter which read: ‘We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the vote today by Sen. Cassidy to convict former President Trump. Fortunately, clearer heads prevailed and President Trump has been acquitted of the impeachment charge filed against him.’
Mike Bayham, the secretary of the LAGOP, told local newspaper The Advocate: ‘Bill Cassidy is a senator without a party as of today.’
House impeachment manager Madeleine Dean and Senator Chris Coons, both Democrats, also interviewed with Stephenopoulos on Sunday and told him they would support the creation of a 9/11-style independent commission to investigate the attack last month.
THE REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED ‘GUILTY’ ON DONALD TRUMP
Bill Cassidy Louisiana
Susan Collins Maine
Richard Burr North Carolina
Pat Toomey Pennsylvania
Lisa Murkowski Alaska
Ben Sasse Nebraska
Mitt Romney Utah
‘Think about it,’ said Dean, who helped argue House Democrats’ case for convicting Trump. ‘For the first time in however many years, we had an insurrection incited by the president of the United States.’
‘The House was desecrated, the Capitol was desecrated,’ the Pennsylvania representative continued in her ABC interview. ‘People were terrorized. This was incited by the president of the United States.’
She insisted: ‘Of course, there must be a full commission and impartial commission, not guided by politics, but filled with people who would stand up to the courage of their conviction, like Dr. Cassidy.’
Coon said: ‘I think there’s grounds for further proceedings, both civil and criminal against former President Trump.’
The Delaware Democrats made it clear, however, that he is ready to move on from focusing on the former president.
Seven Republican senators voted with the 50 Democrats in favor of convicting Trump for inciting the mob to storm the Capitol last month – about two weeks before he left office.
Despite earning the simple majority, Democrats were not able to reach the two-thirds threshold needed to convict the former president.
Cassidy was one of the Republicans who crossed the line.
After the vote, he declared: ‘Our Constitution and our country is more important than any one person. I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty.’
The executive committee of the Republican Party of Louisiana unanimously voted on Saturday evening to censure Cassidy
The other Republicans who voted in favor were Senators Richard Burr of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
The seven have been blasted online by Trump supporters, and labelled ‘RINOs’ and ‘traitors’. RINO is a term meaning ‘Republicans In Name Only’, and is often used by the right of the party to describe those they perceive as not real conservatives.
There have been calls for the senators to resign, or face being challenged by Trump loyalists in primaries before their next election.
The senators have been branded ‘traitors’ by furious Republicans, who are now pushing for them to resign or be primaried by other conservatives