Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), said he will vote to convict Republican President Donald Trump.
“The president asked a foreign government to investigate his political rival. The presidents purpose was personal and political. Accordingly, the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust,” Romney, 72, said on the Senate floor in Washington on Feb. 5.
Romney, who said he supports “a great deal of what the president has done,” is the only Republican to commit to voting to convict Trump, 73.
Romney did not say on the floor which of the articles hed vote for, or whether hed vote for both, but he told media outlets that hed vote to convict on the first article of impeachment, abuse of power, but vote against the second article, obstruction of Congress.
The vote is symbolic because of the 53-47 Republican majority in the chamber and the high bar—a supermajority—required to convict the president and remove him from office. No president has ever been removed from office through impeachment in the history of the country.
“I acknowledge that my verdict will not remove the president from office. Voters will make the final decision,” Romney said on the Senate floor.
Romney, the GOPs 2012 nominee, has had a hot-and-cold relationship with Trump, getting the presidents endorsement in 2018, but frequently criticizing Trump after winning in the midterm elections. Romney was one of two Republican senators to vote last week to subpoena witnesses in the impeachment trial, a bid that fell short when Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced she would vote against calling witnesses.
Romney said that he took an oath before God to hear the case before deciding how to vote.
“I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential. I know from the outset the task of judging the president, the leader of my own party, would be the most difficult decision Id ever face. I was not wrong,” he said.
Romney said that no evidence Joe Biden or Hunter Biden committed any crime was presented by Trumps legal counsel during the Senate trial. “The presidents insistence that they be investigated by the Ukrainians is hard to explain other than a political pursuit,” he said.
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