Pa.’s Toomey, Casey vote to move Trump impeachment trial forward

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WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s two United States senators, Democrat Bob Casey Jr. and Republican Pat Toomey voted with their colleagues Tuesday to uphold the Senate’s authority to hold an impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.

Toomey, who is retiring in 2022 and says he’s leaving politics, was one of five Republican senators to join Democrats. The others were Sens. Bill Cassidy, of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Mitt Romney of Utah. The measure passed the chamber by a vote of 56-44.

On Tuesday, Cassidy issued a withering critique of Trump’s defense team, led by former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor, saying the lawyers did a “terrible” job on the opening day of the trial.

Cassidy, who took fellow Republicans aback by reversing the position he took in a vote last month, contrasted that erratic performance to that of the “focused, organized” House Democrats who argued for Trump’s conviction.

John L. Micek
A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press
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