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Politics Romney's vote surprised Trump impeachment team

11:15  06 february  2020
11:15  06 february  2020 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Trump impeachment vote : Senate prepares to deliver verdict on president – live. Romney ’ s move was praised by several leading Democrats including the California congressman Adam Schiff, who had led the House team that made the case for Trump ’s impeachment during the trial.

Full Transcript: Mitt Romney ’ s Speech Announcing Vote to Convict Trump . During a statement to his colleagues, Senator Mitt Romney said he would vote to convict President Trump of abuse of power, becoming the first Republican to break party ranks.

President Trump's impeachment team wasn't expecting Senator Mitt Romney's guilty vote on one of the two articles of impeachment against the president, a senior source on the team confirmed to CBS News. Romney was the only Republican to break with his party Wednesday and vote guilty, on the first article of impeachment — the one charging abuse of power.

Mitt Romney in a suit standing in front of a building: Trump Impeachment© Senate Television via AP Trump Impeachment

As recently as Tuesday, Romney had informed Mr. Trump's allies he was going to vote along with his Republican colleagues. The Romney vote deprived the president of the unanimity he strongly desired from his party in the impeachment vote.

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But Romney said he would not vote to convict Trump on the second article of impeachment , that he obstructed congressional review of his Ukraine-related actions. Romney became the first senator to break ranks from political party regimen in the Trump impeachment trial, with so far no other

One Trump adviser told CBS News the team viewed it as an "opportunistic" move by Romney.

It was the first time a senator had ever voted to convict a president of his own party.

The lone defection on one of the articles wasn't nearly enough to change the trial's outcome, which was never in much doubt. A guilty verdict for either article would have required 20 Republican senators to vote to convict the president. He was acquitted by the Senate on both articles. The other charged obstruction of Congress.

Mr. Trump watched the final Senate votes on the articles from the private dining room on the side of the Oval Office with some of his top aides, a senior White House official confirmed to CBS News.

Trump Jr. says Romney 'should be expelled from the GOP'

  Trump Jr. says Romney 'should be expelled from the GOP' President Trump's oldest son Donald Trump Jr. condemned Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) for his decision to vote to convict the president for abuse of power, saying he "should be expelled from the GOP."Trump Jr. took to Twitter to denounce the Utah senator, claiming that he is "forever bitter that he will never be" president."He was too weak to beat the Democrats then so he's joining them now," the president's son tweeted. "He's now officially aTrump Jr. took to Twitter to denounce the Utah senator, claiming that he is "forever bitter that he will never be" president.

Though Romney has a long history of criticizing Trump , the move is surprising given the degree to which the GOP, including Romney , has subjugated itself to the president’s will. One of the most prominent apologists is Romney ’ s niece, Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican

Mitt Romney after his stunning vote to convict the president for abuse of power in his Senate impeachment trial on Wednesday. Romney was the only Republican to vote in favor of convicting Trump , though he joined the rest of the GOP in voting to acquit Trump for obstruction of Congress.

Many of the president's top players in the impeachment trial, including family members and senior members of his legal team, held a private party Wednesday night at the Trump International Hotel in Washington to celebrate the acquittal.

Mr. Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., and son-in-law, Jared Kushner attended, along with White House counsels Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow. Top White House aides Kellyanne Conway and Hogan Gidley were there. Also spotted were members of Mr. Trump's House  impeachment team including GOP Representatives Doug Collins, Lee Zeldin, Jim Jordan, John Ratcliffe and Mark Meadows.

Mr. Trump didn't go due to the previously scheduled private dinner in the White House residence, according to Conway. She said it wasn't associated with the events of the day.

At one point, Trump Jr. was asked what he thought of the trial results but his only response was to say it was "good to see" the reporter before leaving  the hotel with his security entourage.

The party was primarily for the impeachment team. Several other members of Trump world, including senior campaign officials, were seen in the hotel lobby bar but weren't invited to the private part of the hotel, called "The Townhouse," where the main event was being held.

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Sen. Mitt Romney claims he “agonized” over his vote to convict President Trump during the Senate impeachment trial. © Provided by Washington ExaminerThe Utah Republican told KSL's Sunday Edition that his oath “sworn before God” to be impartial during the impeachment trial demanded he vote in favor of the abuse of power article of impeachment, based on the evidence presented. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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