Knowing that Republicans had the votes to acquit President Trump Senator Mitt Romney decided to take this opportunity to announce that he would vote to convict President Trump.
“The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether the president committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of a high crime and misdemeanor. Yes, he did,” Romney said during his Senate floor speech.
“The President is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust. What he did was not perfect. No, it was a flagrant assault under electoral rights, our national security and our fundamental values,” he cried.
“I swore an oath before God to exercise impartial justice. I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential,” said the senator.
After his vote Romney hit the news channels and started with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace. The Fox News anchor that has been the most critical of President Trump warned Sen. Romney that President Trump, will “never forgive” him for his vote to convict. Wallace said, “You realize this is war. Donald Trump will never forgive you for this.”
Romney replied, “I know in my heart that I’m doing what’s right. I understand there’s going to be enormous consequence. And I don’t have a choice in that regard. That’s why I haven’t been anxious to be in the position I’m in. When I heard there was going to be an impeachment investigation, as I heard the evidence coming forward, I dreaded the responsibility I’d have. But I was not willing to abdicate the responsibility given to me by the Constitution, nor to ignore my conscience out of personal and political significance, considerations. I had to follow my conscience.”
He added, “And I have to recognize that it was one or the other. One is to say I don’t want to face the blowback, not just from the president but from my party, my state, from Republican voters. They will ascribe all sorts of motives and so forth. And those are all the consequences. But on the other side, there is: do you do what you know is right? Do you do what your conscience in your heart tells you? Do you abide by the oath that you swore to God? And I believe in God and I believe I have a responsibility to put that first went to put all the other consequences behind.”
Mitt Romney doesn’t do anything that doesn’t benefit him and he only voted to convict on the first article. Romney wanted to promote himself so that the media will still love him.
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Senator Romney’s floor speech:
FULL SPEECH: Sen. Romney says he will vote in favor of the article of impeachment on abuse of power against President Trump.
“With my vote, I will tell my children and their children that I did my duty to the best of my ability, believing that my country expected it of me.” pic.twitter.com/rOJBR8BJqw
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 5, 2020