On Wednesday, Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) voted in favor of convicting Donald Trump of abuse of power, the first Article of Impeachment passed by the House of Representatives. In doing so, he broke with Senate Republicans, all of whom voted for acquittal. Romney voted with the rest of his party on the second Article, obstruction of Congress.
Romney, who also voted with Senate Democrats in favor of subpoenaing witnesses on February 1st, announced his intentions just prior to the conviction vote, taking Senate Republicans and the country by surprise. He is now the only senator in U.S. history to vote to convict an impeached president of his own party.
In a statement, the Senator concluded that Trump had indeed abused the power of his office to corrupt an election, an act he described as a "flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security interests, and our fundamental values."
His statement also connected his decision to his faith: "As a Senator-juror, I swore an oath, before God, to exercise 'impartial justice.' I am a profoundly religious person. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential."
Food For Thought
What will be the effect of Mitt Romney breaking party lines in the impeachment trial? Did Romney make the right choice?