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Republican senators face backlash after voting to convict Trump

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Seven Republican senators who voted with Democrats to convict former President Trump are now facing backlash from their own party. Nancy Cordes has the latest

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MAJOR GARRETT: President Biden is back at the White House, hoping to focus the nation's attention on his $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan. But there is still some unfinished business from the second Trump impeachment trial. CBS's Nancy Cordes reports tonight from the White House.

NANCY CORDES: President Biden returned from Camp David to a city still shaking off the specter of impeachment.

- "Is not guilty as charged."

NANCY CORDES: The Senate failed to meet a 2/3 threshold this weekend to convict his predecessor. But seven Republicans who voted with Democrats are now facing their own reckoning.

- Mr. Cassidy, guilty.

NANCY CORDES: Senator Bill Cassidy was censured by Louisiana's Republican Party on Saturday. Tonight, North Carolina's Republican Party is voting on censuring longtime Senator Richard Burr.

DAN BISHOP: I think that's an appropriate act.

NANCY CORDES: North Carolina Congressman Dan Bishop supports the move.

Senator Burr has served North Carolina in Congress for 25 years. Doesn't he have the right to cast a vote as he sees fit?

- I like Senator Burr, I'm friendly with Senator Burr. But this was an error, and the Republican Party is correct, in my judgment, to express that view.


NANCY CORDES: Mr. Trump, who waved to supporters in West Palm Beach today, is still facing an election-related investigation in Georgia and a financial investigation in New York.

MITCH MCCONNELL: Didn't get away with anything, yet.

NANCY CORDES: Republican Leader Mitch McConnell suggested those probes could spell trouble for the former president.

MITCH MCCONNELL: President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office.

NANCY CORDES: But South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham argued it's the Democrats who deserve retribution for going after a former president.

LINDSEY GRAHAM: If you use this model, I don't know how Kamala Harris doesn't get impeached if the Republicans take over the House because she actually bailed out rioters, and one of the rioters went back to the streets and broke somebody's head open.

NANCY CORDES: Supporters of the vice president say she only backed bailing out peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters, not rioters.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she wants to get to the root causes of the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, and so, Major, she is going to be creating an independent, 9/11-style commission to investigate.

MAJOR GARRETT: Nancy Cordes at the White House. Thank you.