Utah GOP defends Romney amid criticism over impeachment vote

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, pauses to answer questions from reporters after the Senate voted to consider hearing from witnesses in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Republican Party has defended Sen. Mitt Romney after an online motion accused him of misrepresenting himself as a Republican and embarrassing the state by voting against former President Donald Trump in his impeachment trials.

Hundreds of people have signed the document that says Romney failed to “represent the average conservative Utah Republican voter” by voting to convict Trump at his second impeachment trial. KUTV-TV reported that the Utah Republican Party issued a statement Monday defending both Romney and Sen. Mike Lee, who voted to acquit Trump.

Romney said in a statement after his vote Saturday that Trump had violated his oath of office and deserved to be convicted.

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  • Alan Wild February 17, 2021 at 8:54 am Reply

    Of course the party defended him-they pretty much had to, but there really is no defense for his vote in the unconstitutional air sandwich hate filled impeachment procedure. Romney is an embarrassment to the people of Utah.

    • Don February 17, 2021 at 10:25 pm Reply

      Where’s the line in the constitution that says you can’t impeach and convict a president after leaving office? I’ve looked and can’t find it anywhere.

      • Ttunac February 18, 2021 at 2:15 pm Reply

        Go ahead and impeach him. But don’t pretend that Romney hasn’t had a distinct behavioral pattern towards the former president.
        Romney even tweeted out in defence of Antifa after the events in Charlottesville. Pretty short sighted attempt to make the president look bad, in my opinion. Especially considering the 2 billion in damage across the nation this past summer.

      • Dean February 19, 2021 at 12:09 am Reply

        The constitution states what the federal government can do, if it is not mentioned then those powers fall to the states. If Mitt Romney was so sure he was following the constitution he should have demanded that Chuck Shummer send the legal controlling authority to detain the chief judge John Roberts to preside over the impeachment trial.

        But he did not Mitt Romney is an opportunist, to take whatever action benefits Pierre Delecto, Trump is a builder and problem solver.

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