"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." pic.twitter.com/vDeb890L4n— Salvador Hernandez (@SalHernandez) February 5, 2020
Romney has been on the fence but now becomes the first Senator in American history to vote to remove the president of his own party.
Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said Wednesday that he will vote to convict President Donald Trump for abusing his power, making him the only Republican in the Senate to publicly say he would side with Democrats attempting to remove Trump from office.
Romney shared his decision with The New York Times just a few hours before the Senate is set to hold its final 4 p.m. ET vote on whether to convict Trump on the two articles of impeachment that passed the House in December.
NBC News reported that Romney will vote to convict Trump on the first article of impeachment, alleging Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine’s president to announce investigations into his political opponents while he withheld nearly $400 million in congressionally appropriated military aid to the country.
Romney reportedly said he will vote against the second article, which alleges Trump obstructed Congress by refusing to cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry, and pressuring potential witnesses not to comply.