Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., departs on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, after the Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. Trump was accused of inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and the acquittal gives him a historic second victory in the court of impeachment.
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(Harrisburg) — Republican Party committee members in Pennsylvania expect to meet Wednesday night to decide whether to censure U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey amid a GOP backlash over his vote to convict Donald Trump during the former president’s second impeachment trial, members said.
The state party chairman, Lawrence Tabas, emailed committee members Monday to schedule the meeting. He emailed them on Feb. 13, moments after the Senate vote, telling them to expect a meeting.
Some county parties have already moved to censure Toomey, and a resolution to censure Toomey came up for discussion at the state party’s leadership committee meeting on Feb. 6, weeks after Toomey said Trump committed “impeachable offenses” in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
On Thursday, Toomey said on KDKA-AM radio that the party can’t look the other way when a president “tries terrible and illegal and unconstitutional means of staying in power.”
“That’s not acceptable, that’s not conservative, that’s not Republican,” he told the Pittsburgh station.