Romney says Trump impeachment trial necessary to "bring unity"

by Peter Heck · Jan 25th, 2021 10:31 am
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Last Updated Jan 26th, 2021 at 4:24 pm

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) continued forging his maverick status within the Republican Party on Sunday, saying on "Fox News Sunday" that he believes an impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is necessary.

"Well, we're certainly going to have a trial," Romney told host Chris Wallace. "I wish that weren't necessary, but the president's conduct with regards to the call to Secretary of State Raffensperger in Georgia as well as the incitation towards the insurrection that led to the attack on the Capitol call for a trial.

"And, you know, if we're going to have unity in our country, I think it's important to recognize the need for accountability, for truth and justice."

Romney, who voted to convict Trump during his first impeachment trial, said that although he believes Trump's recent actions were impeachable, he has not yet heard the evidence from both sides to know how he will vote this time.

Romney said he does believe that there was an attempt to steal the 2020 presidential election, but that it happened within his own party.

"I think it's pretty clear that over the last year or so there has been an effort to corrupt the election in the United States," Romney said. "It was not by President Biden, it was by President Trump. ... That corruption we saw with regards to the conduct in Ukraine, as well as the call to Secretary of State Raffensperger, as well as the incitation to insurrection. This is obviously very serious and an attack on the very foundation of our democracy and is something which has to be considered and resolved."

It is not clear how many of his fellow Republican senators agree with his assessment. The 73-year-old Romney is not up for re-election until 2024.


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