WASHINGTON — Sen. Mitt Romney voted Wednesday to convict President Donald Trump of abuse of power, arguing the president violated the trust of the American people and the authority of his office for his own personal and political benefit.
The Utah senator was the only Republican to vote guilty on the first article of impeachment, which failed on a vote of 52 “not guilty” and 48 “guilty”. Romney says he knows the “enormous” repercussions he’ll face from the president, members of his own party and Trump supporters.
Romney insists he had no choice.
“I swore an oath before God to apply impartial justice. And, as you know, I'm a very religious person," Romney told the Tribune. "I take that very seriously,” said Romney, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.