In an interview with The Atlantic, Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRon Johnson vows to force Burisma-related subpoena vote amid Dem opposition This week: Surveillance, travel ban fights play out amid growing coronavirus concerns Trump sets up for bruising campaign against Biden MORE (R-Utah) opened up about his decision to vote to convict President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeehery: Mulvaney fit for Northern Ireland post Press: Bernie Sanders has already won The Hill’s Morning Report – Can Trump, Congress agree on coronavirus package? MORE of abuse of power Wednesday evening.
The Republican senator said it was “the most difficult decision” of his life. On the floor of the Senate Wednesday, the former GOP presidential nominee emotionally told the chamber that Trump was “guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust,” a sentiment he echoed in his Atlantic interview.
“The president did in fact pressure a foreign government to corrupt our election process,” Romney told the publication. “And really, corrupting an election process in a democratic republic is about as abusive and egregious an act against the Constitution—and one’s oath—that I can imagine. It’s what autocrats do.”
Romney was also one of two Senate Republicans to vote for additional witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial last week, along with Sen. Susan Collins (Maine).
On the other article of impeachment — obstruction of Congress — Romney said he would vote to acquit the president.
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