Wow. A single Republican senator has a spine after all.
Utah Senator Mitt Romney says he will vote in favor of the article of impeachment on abuse of power against President Donald John Trump.
"The president is guilty of a flagrant abuse of public trust," said Romney just now.
"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."
FULL REMARKS — @SenatorRomney: "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." pic.twitter.com/fbIhPG12IO
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 5, 2020
Romney: "Were I to ignore the evidence that has been presented & disregard what I believe my oath & the Constitution demands of me for the sake of a partisan end, it would, I fear, expose my character to history's rebuke & the censure of my own conscience."
"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."
FULL SPEECH: Sen. Romney says he will vote in favor of the article of impeachment on abuse of power against President Trump.
"With my vote, I will tell my children and their children that I did my duty to the best of my ability, believing that my country expected it of me." pic.twitter.com/rOJBR8BJqw
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 5, 2020
And here is Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff's reply.
Having proven Trump guilty, I asked if there was just one Republican Senator who would say "enough"
Who would stand up against this dangerously immoral president
Who would display moral courage
Who would do impartial justice as their oath required and convict
And there is. https://t.co/xNHi2CP6oF
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 5, 2020
In addition to his conclusion after weighing the evidence, I am also impressed with how seriously Romney took this duty.
Forget their ultimate decisions, so many Republicans in Congress treated this as theater or a joke. https://t.co/gQ4pBFQepO
— Kate Brannen (@K8brannen) February 5, 2020
lol dingus, let me introduce you to my good friend the constitution, which doesn't allow recalls. https://t.co/AxsTAq2mop
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 5, 2020
A WH official said Romney's announcement did not impact the decision to scrap the photo opportunity in the Oval Office. The official said the decision to cancel the spray came before Romney began to speak.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 5, 2020