WASHINGTON Mitt Romney just absolutely trashed President Trump on the Senate floor, and said hell vote to remove Trump from office.
In a brief speech Wednesday afternoon, Romney, the Republican senator from Utah, made history by announcing hed be the lone GOP guilty vote against Trump. While acknowledging that the vote is destined to fail in the Republican-controlled chamber, Romney laid out a scathing case against Trump and said he could vote to acquit while staying true to his oath before God to do impartial justice in the Senate impeachment trial.
The president asked a foreign government to investigate his political rival, Romney said, endorsing the heart of Democrats impeachment case against the president. What the president did was wrong. Grievously wrong.
Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012 who brutally criticized Trump during the 2016 campaign season, will now make history as the first senator to ever vote to convict a president from his own party in an impeachment trial.
In an interview on Fox News immediately after his speech, news anchor Chris Wallace raised the possibility that Trump would seek retribution against Romney.
You realize, this is war? Wallace asked. Donald Trump will never forgive you for this.
I know in my heart that what I’m doing is right. I understand there’s going to be enormous consequence. I don’t have a choice in that regard,” Romney said.
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Cover: Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, arrives before President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)