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Romney Will Vote to Convict President Trump

Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney Wednesday announced that he will vote to convict President Trump of abuse of power, though not obstruction of Congress.

Romney, likely to be the only Republican voting to convict, spoke on the floor of the Senate.

A day earlier, he spoke with The Atlantic about his reasoning:

Mitt Romney didn’t want to go through with it.

“This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life,” he told me yesterday afternoon in his Senate office. Roughly 24 hours later, Romney would deliver a speech announcing that he was voting to convict President Donald Trump on the first article of impeachment—abuse of power. For weeks, the senator from Utah had sat silently in the impeachment trial alongside his 99 colleagues, reviewing the evidence at night and praying for guidance. The gravity of the moment weighed on him, as did the pressure from members of his own party to acquit their leader. As his conscience tugged at him, he said, the exercise took on a spiritual dimension.

Romney, a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, described to me the power of taking an oath before God: “It’s something which I take very seriously.” Throughout the trial, he said, he was guided by his father’s favorite verse of Mormon scripture: Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good. “I have gone through a process of very thorough analysis and searching, and I have prayed through this process,” he told me. “But I don’t pretend that God told me what to do.”

In the end, the evidence was inescapable. “The president did in fact pressure a foreign government to corrupt our election process,” Romney said. “And really, corrupting an election process in a democratic republic is about as abusive and egregious an act against the Constitution—and one’s oath—that I can imagine. It’s what autocrats do.”

Well, this is Washington, and if Trump had made him Secretary of State, a position he sought after condemning Trump as the devil during the campaign, I gather he might have had a different view of convicting Trump.

Now Trump cannot completely claim that it was a partisan impeachment. Romney, of course, fully understands that.

19 thoughts on “Romney Will Vote to Convict President Trump”

  1. He’s going to spend his entire term on the Senate’s version of the back bench…assuming Utah’s legislature doesn’t pass HB0217 (which you can track here) and let the voters recall him.

    1. I hope HB0217 passes and that the name Romney is equal in infamy, to that of Dr. Mudd. I hope his family is driven from Utah forever.

  2. He had his chance to be President and basically gave up in the debates against Obama. Now he’s still trying to kiss the hind end if the elites and stay relevant. So sad.

    1. They have this “purgatory place”. If the wife dies first, she waits in purgatory until the husband reaches down & lifts her to heaven. I wonder if Mitt will wait there for his wife, thus condemning them to purgatory forever…

  3. A little OT: In the real world, the Senators running to be the POTUS would have been disqualified from voting in this Impeachment.
    Their “guilty” vote was meant to throw their opponent (DJT) out of office and removed from the ballot.

  4. Please let McConnell strip this sanctimonious hypocrite of his committee assignments, at least Foreign Affairs which is the most prestigious.

    1. It’s a bit of a shame we don’t have ministers without portfolio.

      Whatever the equivalent is, I suspect Pierre Defecto is about to find out for himself.

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