A senator from North Carolina became the latest Republican to be scrutinized for helping political rivals impeach the former president.
The North Carolina Republican Party recently expressed deep disapproval of Sen. Richard Burr after he betrayed his national party president and voted to convict Donald Trump of the so-called incitement of insurrection charge.
“The North Carolina Republican Party Central Committee voted unanimously to censure Sen. Richard Burr for his vote to convict former President Trump in the impeachment trial,” a representative said in a statement.
The Central Committee was especially disappointed with the senator’s lack of loyalty because he was one of 45 GOP senators who openly dismissed the second Democratic Party-led impeachment.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took the motion to the Senate floor, and Democrats only attracted 55 votes to block the GOP’s bid to skip holding an impeachment trial.
“It is one of the few times in Washington where a loss is actually a victory,” he said, according to Reuters. “Forty-five votes means the impeachment trial is dead on arrival.”
Only five Republican senators expressed different views. They included GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Mitt Romney (Utah), Ben Sasse (Neb.), and Patrick Toomey (Pa.).
“He declared [the Senate impeachment trial] to be unconstitutional,” the representative said.
The North Carolina GOP (NCGOP) agrees trying to remove President Trump for the so-called charges of abuse of power, obstruction of justice and inciting insurrection did not comply with the U.S. Constitution.
“NCGOP agrees with the strong majority of Republicans in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate that the Democrat-led attempt to impeach a former president lies outside the U.S. Constitution,” the representative said.
The party believes President Trump’s multiple acquittals show there is no reason for Democrats to pursue frivolous impeachment, and government resources would be better spent on addressing the worldwide pandemic.
“Now that the Senate has voted to acquit President Trump, we hope that Democrats will set aside their divisive partisan agenda and focus on the American priorities of tackling the COVID-19 [CCP Virus] pandemic, safely reopening schools and restarting the economy,” the representative said.
The Sarpy County GOP Central Committee recently passed a resolution to “rebuke and censure” Sasse for supporting the impeachment.
“Sen. Ben Sasse has seriously betrayed the Sarpy County Central Committee Republican Party and its voters … by virtue of his publicly referring to our then-sitting Republican president as ‘wicked,'” the committee said in a statement. “[Also] by virtue of his vindictive and mean-spirited support for the current impeachment trial proceedings … in the U.S. Senate against our former Republican President Donald Trump.”
The committee also raised serious questions about the senator’s “condescending and vicious media attacks” against fellow Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (Mo.)
“[He began] calling Sen. Hawley a ‘serious dumbass’ for his courageous objection to tainted swing-state election results, which the majority in our party still believe were the product of illegal and unconstitutional election law changes and organized Democratic Party fraud,” the committee said.