Mitt Romney says he'll break with GOP, vote to convict Trump

by Daniel Payne · Feb 5th, 2020 3:18 pm

Last Updated Feb 5th, 2020 at 3:36 pm

Mitt Romney on Wednesday announced on the Senate floor that he would vote to convict President Trump and remove him from office for abuse of power, making him the first senator ever to vote against his own party in an impeachment trial.

"The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether the president committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of a high crime and misdemeanor. Yes, he did," Romney said.

The Utah senator claimed that Trump was "guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust." At one point during his announcement, while remarking on his devotion to his faith, he appeared to choke up.

Romney had previously argued in favor of bringing more witnesses into the Senate's trial of President Trump, an argument he ultimately lost. He had reportedly told his fellow Republican senators that he would not vote for the president's removal on Wednesday.

Romney's vote notwithstanding, the Senate is expected to acquit President Trump of both impeachment charges later Wednesday.


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