This is the note Romney sent to his Republican colleagues in justifying his impeachment vote alongside Democrats to convict Trump.
The note was obtained by Axios.
The Utah Senator is under fire from conservatives, who are for the most part, disgusted with his decision.
Rep. Lee Zeldin tweeted “Mitt Romney absolutely despises that Donald Trump was elected POTUS & he was not. The sore loser mentality launched this sham impeachment & corruptly rigged & jammed it through the House. It looks like Schiff recruited himself a sore loser buddy on the GOP side to play along.”
Mitt Romney explained his vote to convict President Trump in a note to his Republican colleagues, hand-signed “Mitt” in blue ink and delivered Wednesday to their individual boxes in the Senate cloakroom.
Why it matters: The Utah senator and 2012 presidential nominee was the only Republican to go against Trump during impeachment. His notes reflect how much pressure he’ll be under to justify himself to a party that’s pledged loyalty ahead of Trump’s re-election bid.
Donald Trump Jr. has called for Romney’s expulsion from the party and Romney’s niece, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, has publicly criticized him.
Romney, who once contemplated serving as Trump’s secretary of state, has knowingly set himself up for extended backlash with his vote.