Sen. Mitt Romney will vote to convict Trump, breaking with fellow Republicans



Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said he will be voting to convict President Trump for abuse of power, making him the lone GOP member to cross party lines and cast a vote to remove the president from office.



"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.

"The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust," said Romney on the Senate floor. "What he did was not perfect. No, it was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security and our fundamental values," he said. "Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one's oath of office that I can imagine."

He called the decision the most difficult decision he has ever made, citing his strong faith that led to to "apply impartial justice" to the facts presented by both sides.

Romney said he will vote against the second article of impeachment for obstructing Congress.

But on the abuse of power charge centered in the accusation that Trump led a campaign to pressure Ukraine to dig up dirty on the Bidens, Romney said the president is guilty.

"There's no question in my minds that were their names not Biden, the president were never had done what he did," Romney said.

Senators are closing the chapter on President Trump's Senate trial Wednesday, capping a months-long process that began with an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives, led to the president's impeachment and, ultimately, his likely acquittal.

At 4 p.m. ET, the Senate is set to vote on whether Trump should be convicted or acquitted of charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. Ahead of the vote, senators have some time to give their own closing statements — up to 10 minutes each. Watch the floor proceedings live beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET.

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