Romney Piles On Trump With Impeachment Message For America

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On Saturday, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) joined six fellow Republicans in supporting the conviction of ex-President Donald Trump following his impeachment last month by the House on a charge of incitement of insurrection. On January 6, a Trump-inspired mob stormed the Capitol under the explicit pretense of his deranged lies about the 2020 presidential election, which he claimed was rigged for Biden, and while at the Capitol, these frenzied supporters of the now former president attempted to forcibly stop the formal certification of Biden’s victory. After the final trial vote, Romney issued a public statement in which he again condemned Trump’s behavior.

Romney said, in part, as follows:

‘After careful consideration of the respective counsels’ arguments, I have concluded that President Trump is guilty of the charge made by the House of Representatives. President Trump attempted to corrupt the election by pressuring the Secretary of State of Georgia to falsify the election results in his state. President Trump incited the insurrection against Congress by using the power of his office to summon his supporters to Washington on January 6th and urging them to march on the Capitol during the counting of electoral votes. He did this despite the obvious and well known threats of violence that day. President Trump also violated his oath of office by failing to protect the Capitol, the Vice President, and others in the Capitol.’

Click on the post below to read his full statement:

Romney actually figured prominently at one point during the trial when House impeachment case managers presented security footage showing a moment when Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman directed Romney towards safety. In the footage, when Goodman and Romney encountered each other in a hallway, the officer directed Romney to turn completely around from where he was going, possibly saving the Senator from potential physical harm. The House team shared this footage as part of a presentation outlining the seriousness of the attack at the Capitol.

After the vote, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offered blame for Trump for the Capitol rioting but insisted that he believed that putting Trump on trial in the Senate was not appropriate because the ex-president is no longer in office. McConnell himself was Majority Leader in the immediate aftermath of the original impeachment, and he could have intervened to ensure that the trial took place before Trump left office, but he did no such thing. Now, his vote against convicting Trump wasn’t some kind of “no comment” gesture — it was a vote to acquit, and no after-the-fact rhetoric will change this reality.

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