Romney issues statement explaining vote to convict, says “Trump incited the insurrection”

Utah Senator Mitt Romney has released the following statement regarding his vote to convict President Trump.

“After careful consideration of the respective counsels’ arguments, I have concluded that President Trump is guilty of the charge made by the House of Representatives. President Trump attempted to corrupt the election by pressuring the Secretary of State of Georgia to falsify the election results in his state. President Trump incited the insurrection against Congress by using the power of his office to summon his supporters to Washington on January 6th and urging them to march on the Capitol during the counting of electoral votes. He did this despite the obvious and well known threats of violence that day. President Trump also violated his oath of office by failing to protect the Capitol, the Vice President, and others in the Capitol. Each and every one of these conclusions compels me to support conviction.”

Romney was joined by 6 GOP Senators Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine), Ben Sasse (Neb.), Patrick Toomey (Pa.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Richard Burr (N.C.) who voted Trump was guilty.

The Senate voted 57-43 to acquit Trump.