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Technology Romney's vote changed the narrative if not the outcome of impeachment

19:05  06 february  2020
19:05  06 february  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

Mitt Romney wants John Bolton to testify at impeachment trial

  Mitt Romney wants John Bolton to testify at impeachment trial Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday that he wants to hear from John Bolton after the former national security adviser offered to testify in the Senate’s impeachment trial..“Of course,” said the Utah Republican when asked if he wants Bolton to testify. “He has firsthand information and, assuming that articles of impeachment reach the Senate, I’d like to hear what he has to say.

Impeachment is the process by which a legislative body levels charges against a government official. Impeachment does not in itself remove the official definitively from office

The outcome of the final vote was not in doubt. It would take a two-thirds majority — 67 senators “Are there any senators in the chamber wishing to change his or her vote ? If not , the yeas are 49 After resisting impeachment for months, Speaker Nancy Pelosi embraced it amid revelations of Mr

WASHINGTON — At the end of the day, the U.S. Senate didn't need to censure President Trump over the Ukraine scandal — because Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, did it for the chamber on Wednesday afternoon.

Mitt Romney et al. posing for a photo: Image: Mitt Romney© Brendan McDermid Image: Mitt Romney

"The president asked a foreign government to investigate his political rival," Romney said.

"The president withheld vital military funds from that government to press it to do so."

"The president delayed funds for an American ally at war with Russian invaders."

Mitt Romney to Vote for Witnesses, Evidence in Impeachment Trial

  Mitt Romney to Vote for Witnesses, Evidence in Impeachment Trial The Republican senator said he is especially interested in hearing from former national security adviser John Bolton. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Johnson tweeted that Romney "wants to hear from ambassador Bolton, and he will vote in favor of the motion today to consider witnesses."Romney is the second Republican senator who announced they will vote for new evidence. Sen.

In a pair of votes whose outcome was never in doubt, the Senate fell well short of the two-thirds margin that would This entire campaign of impeachment that started from the very first day that the president was inaugurated Even a single vote by a single member can change the course of history.

Romney ' s vote surprised Trump impeachment team. By Fin Gomez. 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

"The president's purpose was personal and political."

"What he did was not 'perfect.' No, it was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security, and our fundamental values. Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one's oath of office that I can imagine."

And Romney concluded with this: "My vote will likely be in the minority in the Senate. But irrespective of these things, with my vote, I will tell my children and their children that I did my duty to the best of my ability, believing that my country expected it of me. I will only be one name among many, no more, no less, to future generations of Americans who look at the record of this trial. They will note merely that I was among the senators who determined that what the president did was wrong, grievously wrong."

Romney not welcome at CPAC after impeachment witness vote

  Romney not welcome at CPAC after impeachment witness vote Sen. Mitt Romney will not be invited to this year's CPAC, the conservative conference's host chair announced Friday in the aftermath of senators voting not to hear additional witnesses in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial."BREAKING: The "extreme conservative" and Junior Senator from the great state of Utah, @SenatorRomney is formally NOT invited to #CPAC2020," tweeted Matt Schlapp, chair of the American Conservative Union, which hosts the conference.

Mr. Romney ’ s defection, which he announced a couple of hours before the final vote , was a stark reflection of the sweeping transformation of the For now, the impeachment of Mr. Trump appears to have evenly divided the nation. Public opinion polls suggest that as the proportion of Americans grew

The announcement won’t change the practical outcome of Trump’ s impeachment trial; he will still be acquitted later Wednesday afternoon. Romney has now nullified one of the GOP’ s favorite talking points during the impeachment trial: That this was the first purely partisan impeachment process in

While Romney was the only Republican senator who voted to convict President Trump in his impeachment trial, he wasn't some random GOP senator - he was the party's last presidential nominee.

If Democrats were only going to get one GOP vote, he was one to get.

It helps explain why no Democratic senators — including Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema and Doug Jones — broke from their party.

And it puts pressure on moderate and at-risk GOP senators - like Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Cory Gardner and Martha McSally - to explain why they didn't see the same simple facts above that Romney saw.

Today, Mitt Romney stands alone in his party.

The question we have is whether anyone else will join him a year from now.

A lot is hanging on what happens in November.

2020 Vision: Three days later, Buttigieg, Sanders are virtually tied in Iowa

With 97 percent of the results in, here's where the delegate race stands in Iowa:

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.

The outcome was effectively assured after senators on Friday voted against hearing witnesses, largely on party lines. The votes are scheduled for 4 p.m. ET. Mitt Romney , R-Utah, announced he will vote to convict President Donald Trump on abuse of power, one of the two articles of impeachment he

Republican Mitt Romney of Utah rose to his feet and pronounced the word “guilty”, becoming the the first senator in history to vote to convict a president of his own party. Apart from Trump and McConnell, there were two winners of the impeachment trial.

  • Buttigieg: 550 (26.2%)
  • Sanders: 546 (26.0%)
  • Warren: 381 (18.2%)
  • Biden: 331 (15.8%)
  • Klobuchar 255 (12.2%)
  • Yang 21 (1.0%)
  • Steyer 6 (0.3%)

On the campaign trail today

All of the activity is in New Hampshire, with the primary five days away: Pete Buttigieg hits Merrimack… Elizabeth Warren stumps in Derry… Amy Klobuchar is in Manchester… Andrew Yang holds town halls in Plymouth, Durham, Dover and Exeter… Tom Steyer, Michael Bennet, Tulsi Gabbard and Deval Patrick also are in the Granite State… And beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET, Bernie Sanders, Buttigieg, Klobuchar and Patrick participate in CNN town halls from New Hampshire.

Dispatches from NBC's campaign embeds

Joe Biden reacted to coming in fourth in Iowa during a CNN town hall in New Hampshire, NBC's Marianna Sotomayor reports: "Biden admitted that he 'expected to do better' and hoped that 'our organization would perform better' in the Iowa caucuses. However, he couched his loss by talking delegate math, saying that at the end of the day he has enough delegates to remain competitive in the race." Read more about Biden's "gut punch" from the caucuses here.

Romney's vote surprised Trump impeachment team

  Romney's vote surprised Trump impeachment team The Utah senator was the only Republican to break with his party and vote to convict Mr. Trump, on one of the two articles of 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.

And Andrew Yang is focused on his technology and innovation message in the Granite State, playing off the app difficulties from the caucuses. At one town hall in New Hampshire, per NBC's Julia Jester, Yang said, "Many, many organizations and resources throughout the country that would have been thrilled to have been involved" in the caucuses could have prevented the Iowa debacle, including private companies and individuals. "Right now, we're putting some of these processes in the hands of individuals that don't have technology as a core competence or an area of expertise, and as a result, we're putting Americans in position where they actually are questioning the integrity of our system and it doesn't need to be this way."

Data Download: The number of the day is … $5.5 million

$5.5 million.

That's how much Bernie Sanders is planning to spend on a TV and digital ad buy in 10 states, per NBC's Gary Grumbach.

The buy is split between: Arkansas, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, California and Texas.

Sanders also announced this morning that he raised $25 million in January.

The Lid: On to the next one

Don't miss the pod from yesterday, when we looked at what the Iowa mess means and doesn't mean for New Hampshire.

ICYMI: News clips you shouldn't miss

Here's the latest on Sanders closing the gap with Pete Buttigieg in Iowa.

Utah lawmaker files bill to censure Mitt Romney over Trump impeachment vote

  Utah lawmaker files bill to censure Mitt Romney over Trump impeachment vote Utah lawmaker files bill to censure Mitt Romney over Trump impeachment voteRomney joined Senate Democrats Wednesday in voting to convict Trump for abuse of power and remove the president from office. He was the only Republican to break ranks with his party in opposition during the impeachment process.

Trump's acquittal is raising the stakes for Democrats, with some fretting that their 2020 candidates can't get the job done.

Don't overlook Mitch McConnell's role in delivering an impeachment win for Trump.

The Biden camp is doing damage control after getting pummeled in Iowa.

Pete Buttigieg's campaign sure looks like it's soliciting super PAC help.

Elizabeth Warren is highlighting her ties to Obama in a new ad.

Trump Agenda: Fear and loathing in DC

Sherrod Brown writes in a New York Times op-ed that many GOP senators voted for acquittal out of fear.

And Marie Yovanovitch also weighs in with an op-ed in the Washington Post.

The Washington Post calculates how many Americans voted for senators who voted to convict Trump.

AG Bill Barr has ordered a new review process for FBI investigations into 2020 candidates.

2020: Shifting strategies

Here's how Biden and Warren are shifting their strategies after Iowa.

Warren says she needs to be "careful" with money now.

Trump is courting black voters, but it's not going well.

Victory Lap Continues At First Post-Impeachment Trump Rally .
In his first post-impeachment rally, Trump traveled to New Hampshire to remind voters about the results of the impeachment sham that concluded last week.Trump's supporters were lining up early in the day to get in. The rally was filled to capacity, and some supporters never made it inside to see the president.

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