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North Carolina Republican leaders vote to censure Burr over impeachment vote

PoliticsFeb 16, 2021 05:10AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Impeachment trial of former U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington

By Joel Schectman and David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Carolina Republican leaders on Monday voted to censure Senator Richard Burr over his vote to convict former U.S. President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial.

Burr, a third-term North Carolina Republican who has said he does not plan to seek reelection in 2022, was one of just seven out of 50 Republican senators to vote to convict Trump for inciting his supporters' Jan. 6 attack on Congress, which left five people dead.

The North Carolina Republican Party Central Committee voted unanimously to censure Burr, saying it agrees "with the strong majority of Republicans" that the effort "lies outside the United States Constitution."

Trump's second Senate impeachment trial concluded on Saturday with a 57-43 vote in favor of convicting. The tally fell short of the two-thirds needed to secure conviction.

North Carolina Republican Chairman Michael Whatley condemned Burr for voting against the former president, as a "shocking and disappointing" abdication of his duty to voters.

Burr, who said last week there was "compelling" evidence that President Trump was guilty of inciting an insurrection, said after the committee vote that it was a "sad day" for North Carolina Republicans.

"My party's leadership has chosen loyalty to one man over the core principles of the Republican Party and the founders of our great nation," he said.

Louisiana's Republican Party voted on Saturday to censure Senator Bill Cassidy for voting to convict Trump. The party's leader in Pennsylvania, Lawrence Tabas, has publicly criticized Senator Pat Toomey for voting to convict.

The other four Republicans who voted to convict were Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse.

The Republican Party faces internal conflict since Trump left office on Jan. 20, with many officials remaining publicly loyal to Trump and his devoted base of voters, while others including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have publicly criticized the former president.

McConnell said in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece Monday there was no question Trump "bears moral responsibility. His supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world's largest megaphone. His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable."

North Carolina Republican leaders vote to censure Burr over impeachment vote
 

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Me comment Feb 16, 2021 9:05AM ET
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News reports indicate the censored Senators will be voting with the Democrats on all future legislation, in effect increasing the Democratic majority in the Senate.
Steve Lora
Steve Lora Feb 16, 2021 12:30AM ET
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Massive Trump rallies in Florida today. This will continue until midterms next year. Barr and Liz are finished..GOP is more energised than 2020
Art Fire
Art Fire Feb 15, 2021 9:51PM ET
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The North Carolina senate was kicked out of the union after the Civil War.  It's time we do that again. There was only one with a conscience who stood by the right side of history, and now they work to attack him.
Steve Lora
Steve Lora Feb 15, 2021 6:41PM ET
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Kick Burr out of GOP He is not running for reelection and used Republicans to get elected.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Feb 15, 2021 6:39PM ET
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Republican party has lost all sense. Authoritarian wing has taken over, they want fascism.
Forex Harbingers
Forex Harbingers Feb 15, 2021 6:39PM ET
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you are singularly the most ignorant statement I've seen
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Feb 15, 2021 3:51PM ET
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Republicans chastising their fellow members for doing the right thing of voting to convict Trump Are showing their self-serving, shory-sighted nature that is ultimately against the better future of America. The American majority has grasped the right consensus that Trump is NOT GOOD for America's future. Yet, to consummate SOME power for their own selfish reasons non-convictors think the public will be foo 'led again. Republicans have driven this country too low too long. They will loose again in Nov 2022. Mark my word
Will Back
Will Back Feb 15, 2021 3:16PM ET
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good work
Rick Baier
Rick Baier Feb 15, 2021 2:39PM ET
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Casa for. I gotta agree with you no other president since day one was more under attack than Trump. What they were taking impeachment 19 minutes after he took office. Yeah that's true hate
Mad Money
Mad Money Feb 15, 2021 2:39PM ET
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No other president was dum.b as trump
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Feb 15, 2021 2:39PM ET
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Agreed. It was all predictable even before Trump was elected, from Trump's demeanor. -- The conspiracy was actually The Republicans against American better judgement, like a trustee abusing its power when the victim (American public) deserves support of those (in the know) elected to be in charge trustees (Republicans) ..
Steve Lora
Steve Lora Feb 15, 2021 2:39PM ET
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the insurance policy of Hillary while up 95% to 5%
Rick Baier
Rick Baier Feb 15, 2021 2:37PM ET
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He ended his political career
Casador Del Oso
Casador Del Oso Feb 15, 2021 2:15PM ET
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Democrats are so full of hate and prejudiced that Biden could do anything and they would still be behind him no matter how awful or or horrendous
Patron Silver
Patron Silver Feb 15, 2021 2:15PM ET
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where have u been for the past four years?
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Feb 15, 2021 2:15PM ET
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Casador - what you accuse the DEMS of is actually your own bearing. Your're a person who promotes hate rather than soothe the wounds for healing. Look where you are in life. Would ppl vote for you? Would they agree you're a peacemaker or a divider?
Steve Lora
Steve Lora Feb 15, 2021 2:15PM ET
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Democrats are the blue dot ghetto party. Look at the USA map of 2021. After midterms its going to be solid red aside from 10 blue dots
Samuel Ruggiero
Samuel Ruggiero Feb 15, 2021 1:44PM ET
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Republicans are so full of hate and prejudiced that Trump could do anything and they would still be behind him no matter how awful or or horrendous
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Feb 15, 2021 1:44PM ET
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Agreed
milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar Feb 15, 2021 1:41PM ET
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Kick him out.  Kick him out......
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Feb 15, 2021 1:36PM ET
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Will the democrats be charged with trying to defeat the ends of justice? 1)Tamper with evidence and fabricating evidence?2) Trying to break the law, unconstitutional process being pushed?3) democrats for actually planning the riot and blame innocent people?4) democrats for lying to the courts and public?
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Feb 15, 2021 1:36PM ET
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Only criminals think like you Eudon, and that's why they get convicted Eudon. Can you tell why they get convicted Eudon? -- Because the truth comes out sooner or later Eudon. -- Even YOU, Caveh Sun, Eddie Glass and Maga King (whichever prison he ended up getting into a fight and lost) will awaken to the truth some day .. likely after 2022 Nov, because the other part of the 49.01% of Americans will awaken to a steadily increasing % by each day more before 2022 Nov
The Chad Bull
The Chad Bull Feb 15, 2021 1:36PM ET
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Literally nobody cares. Why don’t we talk about the criminal federal reserve nearly doubling the money supply in a single year?
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Feb 15, 2021 1:36PM ET
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Only you and a few other greedy souls don't care. You and your other short-sighted brethren don't understand the huge cost of losing your independance when a bully from the Ghetto like Trump starts to milk the USA for his own power hunger. -- Were you blind when Trump abdicated his leadership responsibilities the moment he realized there was nothing in it for him in the immediate future. Were you asleep when Trump pardoned the WRONG ppl in an apparent abuse of power in his final days? USA would go to the do 'gs under your type of leadership. It's ONE THING to tear down existing structures (Trump) but quite a different thing to put up and negotiate meaningful structures (Obama & Biden). -- Americans will awaken faster and faster that Trump can not build like Obama and Biden, two intellectually trained ppl to see reality
Art Fire
Art Fire Feb 15, 2021 1:16PM ET
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49% of North Carolina Voted for Biden.  These so-called republicans would do well to remember that.
Chris Maz
ChristoM Feb 15, 2021 1:16PM ET
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That's because North Carolina doesn't belong to North Carolinians any more .... it's filling with blue state squatters who will transform North Carolina into the same gentrified, high tax nanny state they forced themselves out of in the first place.
Art Fire
Art Fire Feb 15, 2021 1:16PM ET
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Chris Maz "love thy neighbor"..... unless you don't like them the bible says right?
 
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