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Politics Romney on Trump impeachment vote: ‘I hoped beyond hope that I would not have to find him guilty’

18:00  10 february  2020
18:00  10 february  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

CPAC says Romney 'not invited' this year after vote at Trump trial

  CPAC says Romney 'not invited' this year after vote at Trump trial Leaders of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday night formally disinvited Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) from attending the event next month over his vote to approve additional witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial. © Getty Images CPAC says Romney 'not invited' this year after vote at Trump trial "The 'extreme conservative' and Junior Senator from the great state of Utah, @SenatorRomney is formally NOT invited to #CPAC2020," tweeted Matt Schlapp, the head of the American Conservative Union, which puts on the annual GOP confab.

Romney voted to convict President Donald Trump on Article 1 of impeachment , abuse of power, on Wednesday. " I agonized over the responsibility that ultimately would come my way," Romney said. " I hoped beyond hope that I would not have to find him guilty of what had been alleged."

Senator Mitt Romney grew emotional as he pronounced the president “ guilty of an appalling abuse So I hope he plays that leadership role that I think John McCain would have played if he was here. But not voting my conscience, in order for me to have a better political and personal benefit, would

Sen. Mitt Romney claims he “agonized” over his vote to convict President Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.

Mitt Romney wearing a suit and tie© Provided by Washington Examiner

The 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.

“Well, I took my responsibility exactly as the Constitution defines it and as the oath I took requires it. Which is what I was sworn before God to apply impartial justice as a Senate juror," Romney said.

Mitt Romney to break with GOP and vote to remove Trump from office

  Mitt Romney to break with GOP and vote to remove Trump from office Mitt Romney to break with GOP and vote to remove Trump from officeThe Utah senator is expected to be the only Republican to vote guilty on the first article of impeachment, and Romney says he knows the “enormous” repercussions he’ll face from the president, members of his own party and Trump supporters.

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Stephen Colbert Praises Mitt Romney 's Impeachment Vote . “On this dark day there was someone I would like to thank for giving me a ray of hope ,” Colbert In a Senate speech on Wednesday before the final vote in the impeachment trial, Romney explained his choice to convict Trump , 73, on one

He continued, “I agonized over the responsibility that ultimately would come my way. I hoped beyond hope that I would not have to find him guilty of what had been alleged."

Romney, 72, said he “thoroughly studied” the impeachment case before becoming the first senator in U.S. history to vote to convict a president from his own party. The senator also claimed that it was a Romney “family tradition” to cling to the truth regardless of blowback.

"My dad was a person who stood by his word and did exactly what he thought was right regardless of the consequence," Romney explained. "And that is a family tradition which I hold dear."

Romney has faced criticism from a wide swath of Republicans because of his impeachment vote but has been cheered by Democrats. CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp said he feared for Romney’s safety if the senator showed up at the annual gathering of conservatives after he was “formally not invited.” Trump also lashed out at the senator, calling him a “failed presidential candidate” who “used [his] faith as justification for doing what [he knows] is wrong.”

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

  Ex-Romney spokesman: Impeachment vote 'motivated by bitterness and jealousy' 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. © Provided by Washington Examiner“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. These are the same people that hated Mitt in 2012 and they will hate him again when they are done with him.

Media captionPresident Trump spoke at the White House to condemn the whole impeachment process. Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney is facing a backlash from Republicans angered by his decision to vote against Donald Trump in his impeachment trial.

Media captionTrump ' guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust' - Mitt Romney . The senator accepted he would face the wrath of the president and "My vote will likely be in the minority in the Senate," Mr Romney added. But, he added, " I will tell my children and their children that I did my duty to the best

Romney argued that it didn’t matter to him what party the president was from, saying, “I mean, you don't want juries to say 'Gosh, this person that's a defendant there, he's a member of my religion so I'm going to vote with him no matter what, or he's a member of my race, or she's my gender. I mean, we expect jurors who swear an oath to fulfill that oath regardless of the 'team' that might be on trial."

Romney and Trump have had a contentious relationship for years. In 2016, Romney pleaded with Republicans to stop “con man” Trump from being the party’s candidate. He was briefly under consideration to be Trump's secretary of state, after which Romney reflected: “The best personnel decision he made was not choosing me."

Impeachment: acquittal for a guilty person .
© dpa Donald Trump, President of the United States. The Republican-dominated Senate, as expected, acquitted the US President. In the fall, voters will have to judge Trump. And then the story. acquittal for a guilty party The hopes that the Democrats could put in that day have always been low. On Wednesday, the Senate finally cleared US President Donald Trump in the impeachment procedure.

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