Mitt Romney, Republican Senator from Utah, has made history today…and he’s taking plenty of heat from his own political party for doing so.
Today marks the likely end of President Trump’s impeachment trial, with the GOP poised to acquit the Commander in Chief in record time. Not only did the Republican-controlled Senate have the votes to swiftly curb the Democrats’ hopes for removing Trump, but the the antics on the left side of the aisle made it easy for even some Democrats to join in with their conservative colleagues.
Not Romney, though.
The frequent critic of Trump has become the first ever Senator to vote to convict a President of their own party.
Romney, 72, made his decision two hours before the Senate will vote on two articles charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He intends to vote to convict on the abuse of power charge but will vote against the charge of obstruction. The Utah senator addressed his vote in an interview with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.
He acknowledged that there likely will be “substantial” blowback “not just from the president but from my party, from my state, from Republican voters.”
Romney will be the only GOP member in either chamber of Congress to join the Democrats in voting to pass the articles of impeachment in the House or to convict him in the Senate. The Senate requires a two-thirds vote to remove a president from office, so it would require close to two dozen GOP senators to vote with Democrats to convict Trump.
“Yeah, it’s going to get very lonely. And again, the consequences are significant. They’re enough that it made this very difficult process for me. There’s not been a morning since this process began that I slept beyond 4:00 a.m,” he added.
It is unlikely that Romney’s decision will sway any others within the GOP into having a sudden change of heart, and the President is expected to waltz into the coming 2020 election with an enormous feather in his cap, victorious against the threat of impeachment.
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