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Romney Announces He’ll Vote To Convict Pres Trump, Repubs Fire Back: “He Should Be Expelled From The GOP”

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) on Wednesday announced in a speech on the Senate floor that he would vote to convict President Donald Trump of abuse of power– one of two articles of impeachment charged by House Democrats. Romney, however, is not voting to convict Trump on obstruction of Congress.

In his announcement, Romney called President Trump’s attempts to withhold military aid to Ukraine in the hope that the country would announce a political investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden “appalling” and “flagrant.”

“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. Yes, he did,” Senator Mitt Romney said in remarks on the Senate floor.

“The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust. What he did was not perfect. No, it was a flagrant assault of our electoral rights, our national security, and our fundamental values,” he said in part. … “I swore an oath before God to exercise impartial justice. I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential.”

Not a single GOP senator was in attendance for Romney’s somber remarks on the floor and only a few Democrats were on hand in the chamber, reported The Hill.

Several conservatives took to Twitter to voice their disagreement with Senator Mitt Romney.

Sen. Mitt Romney’s niece, Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, said on Twitter Wednesday: “This is not the first time I have disagreed with Mitt, and I imagine it will not be the last. The bottom line is President Trump did nothing wrong, and the Republican Party is more united than ever behind him.”

“I, along with the @GOP, stand with President Trump,” she added.

Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter to denounce the Utah senator, claiming that he is “forever bitter that he will never be” president. “He was too weak to beat the Democrats then so he’s joining them now. He’s now officially a member of the resistance & should be expelled from the @GOP,” he recommended. 

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Terrence Williams posted a video calling Sen. Romney a “jealous loser”.

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