Moments ago, President Trump reacted to Senator Mitt Romney’s vote with Democrats to convict him on the first article of impeachment.
Romney was the only vote Senator to vote outside their party and it was a purely symbolic vote since both sides knew there was zero chance the 67 votes needed to convict would be obtained.
Had failed presidential candidate @MittRomney devoted the same energy and anger to defeating a faltering Barack Obama as he sanctimoniously does to me, he could have won the election. Read the Transcripts!
Per TCO, Chris Wallace interviewed Republican Senator Mitt Romney Wednesday about his decision to vote to convict President Trump on abuse of power article of impeachment.
The Week reports “You realize,” Fox News’ Chris Wallace told Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Wednesday, “this is war.”
He was referring to the fact that Romney announced on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon he plans to vote to convict President Trump for abuse of power. After this news hit, Fox News aired an interview with Romney taped earlier in the day, during which the Utah Republican spoke about the inevitable fallout within the Republican Party to this decision.
“It is the last decision I wanted to take,” Romney said. “The personal consequences, the political consequences that fall on me as a result of that are going to be extraordinary.”
But Romney said he feels he “has to” vote this way after concluding that “what the president did was grievously wrong.” Going forward, Romney agreed with Wallace’s assessment that it’s going to get quite “lonely” for him in Washington, D.C.
“Yeah, it’s going to get very lonely,” Romney said. “And again, the consequences are significant. … There has not been a morning since this process began that I slept beyond 4 a.m.”
Wallace reminded Romney that Trump “will never forgive you for this,” which seems like a safe assumption.
Earlier TCO reported Mitt Romney shook the political world by being the likely only Republican Senator to vote with Democrats to convict President Trump.
Romney claimed that not hearing from John Bolton as a witness was the final straw in deciding to vote to convict Trump and his “oath before God” demanded he vote to convict.
I’m aware that there are people in my party and in my state who will strenuously disapprove of my decision and in some quarters I will be vehemently denounced.
I’m sure to hear abuse from the President and his supporters.
Does anyone seriously believe, that I would consent to these consequences other than from an inescapable that my oath before God demanded of me.
I sought to hear testimony from John Bolton not only because I believed he could add context to the charges, but also because I hoped that what he might say might raise reasonable doubt and thus remove from me the awful obligation to vote for impeachment.
Sen. Mitt Romney says he knows he will receive brutal criticism for his vote: "Does anyone seriously believe that I would consent to these consequences, other than from an inescapable conviction that my oath before God demanded it of me?" https://t.co/pZ46hjTyU1 pic.twitter.com/BnW9SfCXaM
— ABC News (@ABC) February 5, 2020
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