Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) issued a statement Saturday explaining why he was among the seven GOP senators who voted to convict former President Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection.
Romney, a longtime Trump opponent, was the only Republican senator to vote to convict him during his first impeachment last year.
“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,” Romney began, adding that he believes Trump “attempted to corrupt the election by pressuring the Secretary of State of Georgia to falsify the election results in his state,” which is an allegation not covered in the impeachment article.
“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,” Romney continued.
“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,” Romney concluded. “Each and every one of these conclusions compels me to support conviction.”
Romney was also one of the five Republican senators to support calling in witnesses during the impeachment trial, a move that was later shelved shortly before the Senate vote.
Romney and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) reportedly got into a heated back-and-forth on the Senate floor about the topic, which Romney later dismissed as an argument over underwear preference.
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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