Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah announced in a press brief he will vote to convict President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. He will vote only to convict Trump in the first article of impeachment addressing Trump’s handling of foreign policy with Ukraine. Romney will not vote to convict Trump over the “obstruction of justice” charge.
“This is the toughest decision I have ever faced,” Romney said during his press briefing.
Romney seems to get choked up briefly in speech. Says “this is the toughest decision I have ever faced. I was not wrong.”
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 5, 2020
According to The Atlantic, Romney used Alexander Hamilton’s treatise on impeachment in “Federalist No. 65” to come to his decision to convict. Romney said Trump’s attempt to persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelinksy to reduce corruption rose to the levels of high crimes and misdemeanors he deemed impeachable.
According to Romney in the same Atlantic article, Romney was hoping the president’s defense team could convince him not to convict. The all-star defense team was ultimately unsuccessful.
Romney is only one of four Republican senators who considered voting to convict the president. Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee were thought to be swing votes in this trial as well. All three announced they would vote to acquit Trump.
The Senate is set to vote on the impeachment charges on Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. EST. The vote will likely be 52-48 to acquit Trump.