Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy, the only GOP senator to change his vote on the constitutionality of former President Trump's impeachment, said he made his decision after Trump's legal team did not make a compelling argument.
"If you listen to it, it speaks for itself. It was disorganized, random. They talked about many things, but they didn't talk about the issue at hand," he said after the vote on the Senate floor on Tuesday.
Cassidy previously voted in favor of GOP Sen. Rand Paul’s recent motion that impeachment after Trump left office is unconstitutional.
"If I'm an impartial juror trying to make a decision based on the facts as presented on this issue, then the House managers did a much better job," Cassidy said.
When asked about the video of the riot at the US Capitol that the House impeachment managers showed during their arguments, Cassidy responded that it "wasn't the issue at hand," adding, "it speaks for itself. That's drama enough. That's not why I made my decision."
"The issue at hand is is it constitutional to impeach a president who has left office and the House managers made a compelling, cogent case – and the President's team did not," he said.