Republican Mitt Romney will vote to convict Trump

A Mormon, Romney said his faith in God left him no choice but to convict the president, who, he said, "is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust. Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one's oath of office that I can imagine."

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February 5, 2020 - 2:10 PM

Senator Mitt Romney, R-Utah Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr./SIPA USA/TNS

WASHINGTON — Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said Wednesday he will vote to convict President Donald Trump in the Senate impeachment trial, becoming the first and likely only Republican to break with his party and join Democrats seeking to remove the president from office.

Though Romney’s decision will allow Democrats to claim bipartisan support for convicting Trump, they are still certain to fall short of the needed 67 votes for conviction.

“The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust,” said Romney, who at one point appeared to choke up while delivering his statement. “Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine.”

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