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Politics Ex-Romney spokesman: Impeachment vote 'motivated by bitterness and jealousy'

01:40  06 february  2020
01:40  06 february  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Mitt Romney 's decision to convict President Trump on the impeachment charge of abuse of power was " motivated by bitterness and jealousy ," according to former Romney spokesman Rick Gorka, who added that President Trump has "accomplished what he [Mitt] has failed to do multiple times."

The Senate voted on Friday to block new witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial, signaling a crucial turning point and steering toward an all but certain acquittal within days. See how each senator voted .

The former press secretary for Sen. Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign claimed envy motivated the Utah Republican to vote to convict President Trump on abuse of power.

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“I believe Mitt Romney is motivated by bitterness and jealously that [Trump] accomplished what he has failed to do multiple times,” Rick Gorka, who is now a communications director for the Republican National Committee, tweeted Wednesday.

“He has betrayed his Party and millions of voters,” he added.

Trump was acquitted by the Republican-led Senate on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, with Romney being the sole senator to vote across party lines. Romney said he believed the president violated the power of his office by asking Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. He voted with Republicans to acquit Trump on the obstruction of Congress charge.

After he announced how he would vote, Romney’s niece, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, defended Trump.

“This is not the first time I’ve disagreed with Mitt, and I imagine it will not be the last. The bottom line is President Trump did nothing wrong, and the Republican Party is more united than ever behind him,” McDaniel tweeted.

"I, along with the [GOP], stand with President Trump,” she said.

Utah lawmakers halt push to rebuke Romney over impeachment .
Utah lawmakers said Tuesday they won't consider proposals to censure or recall U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney following his vote to convict President Donald Trump at his impeachment trial. Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson said the Republican caucus decided not to advance either proposal following a “robust debate" behind closed doors. Instead, Wilson will be present a citation thanking the president for his administration's work on issues “critical toUtah House Speaker Brad Wilson said the Republican caucus decided not to advance either proposal following a “robust debate" behind closed doors. Instead, Wilson will be present a citation thanking the president for his administration's work on issues “critical to Utah.

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