Mitt Romney will vote to impeach President TrumpChristian Fernsby ▼ | February 5, 2020
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) announced today that he will vote to convict President Donald Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.
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The Utah Republican accused the president of withholding U.S. security assistance to Ukraine for his own “political” benefit, arguing that he would not have asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to review allegations of corruptions against former Vice President Joe Biden if it did not help him, politically.
“The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust. What he did was not perfect. No, it was a flagrant assault under electoral rights, our national security and our fundamental values,” he declared.
Romney became visually emotional before revealing his verdict.
“I swore an oath before God to exercise impartial justice. I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential,” said the senator.
The Utah Republican previewed his vote in an interview conducted yesterday, telling The Atlantic that it was the “most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life.”
Romney’s decision sparked a firestorm of criticism, even prompting some of President Trump’s most vocal surrogates to “expel” the Utah lawmaker from the Republican Party. ■