WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, voted to convict President Donald Trump Wednesday of abusing the power of his office in his impeachment trial. Romney is the only Republican senator who has said they support removing Trump from office.

“The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether the president committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of a high crime and misdemeanor,” Romney said. “Yes, he did.”

Romney appeared to choke up as he spoke of his deep faith and “oath before God” demanding that he vote for impeachment.

“The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust,” Romney said on the Senate floor. “What the president did was wrong, grievously wrong.”

House Democrats prosecuting the case argued that Trump abused power like no other president in history when he pressured Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 election.

“Corrupting an election to keep one’s self in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine,” Romney said.

Romney said he’s expecting to hear “abuse” from Trump and his supporters. The two have traded insults since the 2016 election, when Romney called then-candidate Trump a “phony.”

“Does anyone seriously believe that I would consent to these consequences other than from an inescapable conviction that my oath before God demanded it of me?” Romney said.

The Senate voted to acquit Trump on two articles of impeachment – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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Comments (10)
  1. Sandy Kincade says:

    Very distressed by your guilty vote. Perhaps you should join the Democrat Party.

  2. Barry L Brunner says:

    Thank you Senator Romney for being the sole Republican with an ounce of integrity. May God Bless you and yours as you face criticisms from those that know the truth, but refuse to stand up for it. The huge majority of Americans love you for your honesty and will remember … always !

  3. James Rey Pratt says:

    I beloved He voted the right way and I applaud him

  4. Edith S. Foisy says:

    Thank you Senator Romney for your courage and integrity today.

  5. Patricia Brady-Danzig says:

    Congratulations to Senator Romney a man of Faith and conscience. He will live in History.
    Patricia Brady-Danzig New Jersey

  6. Nancy Baker says:

    Thank you Senator Romney. Who are a true American Patriot! You are awesome!

  7. Janice Brocke says:

    romney.. your days of serving are numbered!! YOU WILL NEVER BE RE ELECTED!! YOUR A TRAITOR TO YOUR PARTY & A POS !!!

  8. Judy says:

    Thank you for stepping forward and voting for your conscience. I turned democrat in 2016 and am happy that there is still one good republican.
    jud

  9. paul says:

    I agree with mitt romney and I agree that there was a problem of stopping witnesses coming forward in corruption of power

  10. Carolyn Thomas says:

    Thank you Senator. If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything, and we are seeing it play out.

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