Sen. Mitt Romney announced Wednesday that he will vote to convict President Trump for abuse of power, one of two articles of impeachment brought by House Democrats.
Romney, the junior Republican senator from Utah who was the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2012, became the first member of his party to say he would vote to convict the president, a blow to Trump’s argument that impeachment was solely a partisan matter. The Senate is controlled by Republicans and Trump’s exoneration in the vote, scheduled for 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, is a foregone conclusion
“I think the case was made,” Romney said in an interview with the New York Times ahead of a planned speech on the Senate floor.
During the Senate impeachment trial, Romney and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, were the only two Republicans to vote in favor of allowing witnesses to testify.
“I believe that attempting to corrupt an election to maintain power is about as egregious an assault on the Constitution as can be made,” Romney added. “And for that reason, it is a high crime and misdemeanor, and I have no choice under the oath that I took but to express that conclusion.”