Delegates to consider censuring Romney over impeachment vote

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, questions Zalmay Khalilzad, special envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 27, 2021, during a hearing on the Biden administration's Afghanistan policy and plans to withdraw troops after two decades of war. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — GOP delegates attending the Utah Republican Party convention will consider a resolution this weekend to censure U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney for voting to impeach former President Donald Trump.

The Standard-Examiner reported that the party will consider the issue Saturday. Don Guymon, sponsor of the resolution and a delegate from Davis County, said Romney should be held accountable after voting against Trump in both impeachment trials.

“We’ll debate it. We’ll let Republicans decide if Mitt Romney should be held accountable,” Guymon said.

Romney’s office in Salt Lake City did not immediately respond to The Associated Press for comment on Thursday. State party officials didn’t immediately respond to a request from the newspaper seeking comment on the resolution.

Utah Republicans debated the possibility of censuring Romney after the second Trump impeachment trial.

Romney was the only Republican to vote for impeachment during the first trial, and one of seven Republicans to do so in the second trial.

Guymon said Romney’s votes “caused harm to our party, our country and ultimately the U.S. Constitution.” More specifically, Guymon claimed Romney’s vote and criticism was part of the reason the party lost control of the U.S. Senate last year.

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  • KA April 29, 2021 at 7:54 pm Reply

    But, it’s totally not a cult. Now, everyone! Assimilate!

  • Kelli J. Fife April 30, 2021 at 5:22 am Reply

    I support the move to censure Mitt Romney. By voting to impeach then President Trump he failed to represent the voters of Utah but instead acted on his own past with Trump. I feel he violated the trust I put in him to represent the culture and wishes of Utahns. I took the time before both votes for impeachment to write to Mitt Romney and expressed my concern regarding his votes to which he replied he had looked at the evidence and felt President Trump was guilty of the charges. The evidence did not add up at the time, and now we know all the evidence was a lie. I cannot and do not support Mitt Romney. If all he did was vote for impeachment, that would be bad enough, but he has also been ineffective in the senate, in part due to his distancing from the party. He cannot be counted on. He has lost the faith and trust I put in him and expected him to uphold.

    • Dave Perkes May 2, 2021 at 8:35 am Reply

      Senator Romney also represents me and I believe that Trump violated his oath and should have been impeached. I am happy with Romney’s vote that he voted his conscience.

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