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Politics Romney returns to Utah to explain his impeachment decision

12:01  07 february  2020
12:01  07 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Mitt Romney was back in Utah Thursday explaining his vote to convict President Donald Trump amid pushes by some angry GOP state legislators to Many legislators disagreed with his decision on Trump and were concerned about repercussions for the state. Still, some said his quick trip back to

Mitt Romney was back in Utah Thursday explaining his vote to convict President Donald Trump amid pushes by some angry GOP state legislators to Many legislators disagreed with his decision on Trump and were concerned about repercussions for the state. Still, some said his quick trip back to

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney was back in Utah Thursday explaining his vote to convict President Donald Trump amid pushes by some angry GOP state legislators to censure Romney or create a way to recall the senator.

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Romney did not speak publicly in the state and his meetings with legislative leaders were held behind closed doors.

Many legislators disagreed with his decision on Trump and were concerned about repercussions for the state. Still, some said his quick trip back to Utah from Washington to elaborate on voting his conscience helped ease their frustration with the politician who holds celebrity status in Utah.

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U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney was back in Utah Thursday explaining his vote to convict President Donald Trump amid pushes by some angry GOP state legislators to censure Romney or create a way to recall the senator.

Mitt Romney was back in Utah Thursday explaining his vote to convict President Donald Trump amid pushes by some angry GOP state legislators to Many legislators disagreed with his decision on Trump and were concerned about repercussions for the state. Still, some said his quick trip back to

“It was a very frank conversation, and people shared their opinions back and forth,” Republican House Speaker Brad Wilson said.

Utah is deeply conservative, but many voters remain wary of Trump’s behavior and his comments about women, immigrants and on other issues. However, Trump’s 2017 move to downsize two sprawling national monuments in the southern part of the state earned him lasting appreciation from many state leaders.

It’s unclear whether the GOP-dominated Legislature will advance censure or recall proposals. But Wilson did say there would be a separate resolution to send a message of appreciation to Trump for “the great work his administration has done.”

Republican Rep. Phil Lyman wants to censure Romney but nevertheless said he appreciates that the senator voted his conscience.

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Lyman's censure resolution says, “‘We’re unhappy that you took this position with the president, we think it’s disruptive nationally, we think it harms Utah, and we’ve got some damage control to do as a result of it."

Asked about possible repercussions for Utah over Romney’s vote, Lyman said “relationships are important.”

A separate proposal would create a path to recall a U.S. senator. Other states have passed similar laws that haven’t fared well in the courts, and there’s a good chance any Utah measure would be declared unconstitutional, Republican state Sen. Evan Vickers said.

Some Republican legislators in Utah appeared ready to move on from the dust-up and get back to making state laws.

“I, for one, wouldn’t want to be judged, censured, for one vote I had when he makes 80 percent of his votes to support the president,” said Republican Sen. Don Ipson. “Not everyone would say his vote is wrong.”

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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