Report: Mitt Romney Will Vote To Remove Trump From Office
Senator Mitt Romney announced on Wednesday that he will vote to convict President Donald Trump of abuse of power, according to The New York Times, which makes the Utah senator the first Republican to push back against the president.
In an interview with The Times, Romney said, “I think the case was made,” referring to House Democrats attempt to show that Trump abused his office by pressuring Ukrainian officials to announce politically-motivated investigations into his Democratic rivals.
“I believe that attempting to corrupt an election to maintain power is about as egregious an assault on the Constitution as can be made,” Romney said. “And for that reason, it is a high crime and misdemeanor, and I have no choice under the oath that I took but to express that conclusion.”
However, Romney stopped short of supporting the second article of impeachment Trump faces — obstruction of Congress — “arguing that House Democrats had failed to exhaust their legal options for securing testimony and other evidence they had sought.”
Romney’s vote against Trump on the first article of impeachment is unlikely to make an impact, The Times noted, as it would take a total of 20 Republicans voting for removal to accomplish Democrats’ aims.
The senator admitted to the newspaper that he is aware he will pay a hefty price for following his conscience, saying, “I recognize there is going to be enormous consequences for having reached this conclusion” and describing what will be in store for him as “unimaginable.”
The Senate is expected to vote to acquit Trump at 4 p.m. EST on Wednesday.