Senate Acquits Trump on Impeachment But Romney Dissents

Mish

Today the Senate acquitted Trump on both articles of impeachment but it was not unanimous for the Republicans.

Foregone Conclusion Reached

The foregone impeachment conclusion finally came about today as the Senate Acquits Trump on Both Impeachment Articles.

On the first article of impeachment, abuse of power, all 47 Democrats and one Republican voted to convict the president, falling short of the 67 needed to remove the president from office.

On the second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress, the vote also failed, with all Democrats and no Republicans finding the president guilty.

One Surprise Vote

There was never any realistic hope of conviction given that it takes 67 senators to agree.

But there was one surprise.

The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust,” said Senator Mitt Romney, a Republican, on the Senate floor before the vote.

The action by Mr. Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, made him the first senator in U.S. history to vote to convict a president of his own party. In the impeachment trials of Democratic presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, no Democratic senators voted to convict.

The White House, which as late as Wednesday morning had been predicting that all Republican senators would vote to acquit the president, was caught off-guard by Mr. Romney’s announcement, aides said. The White House abruptly closed to the media a planned event at which Mr. Trump had been expected to make remarks.

Full transcript of Romney’s Senate Impeachment Trial Remarks

Here is an excerpt from the Full Transcript of Sen. Mitt Romney’s Senate Impeachment Trial Remarks

The allegations made in the articles of impeachment are very serious. 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. I knew from the outset that being tasked with judging the president, the leader of my own party, would be the most difficult decision I have ever faced. I was not wrong.

The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether the president committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of a “high crime and misdemeanor.”

Yes, he did.

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Romney a Traitor?

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I strongly disagree.

I am tired of partisan politics an blind faith allegiance to the person in charge.

I salute Mitt Romney, not for his stance, but for having the courage and conviction to act on his beliefs.

Supposedly Romney is a "traitor" for having the courage and conviction to do what he honestly believes is correct.

The real traitors are those who in the name of partisan politics do otherwise.

I salute Romney

Whether I, or anyone else agrees with his vote is irrelevant.

He had the courage to act.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (48)
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SMF
SMF

Did Romney forget what the Dems did to him in 2012?

Sechel
Sechel

Romeny got it right. Over the last few weeks I concluded the obstruction of Congress was a bit weak. Not that Trump wasn't throwing a tantrum and going beyond a normal executive privilege argument but courts were the remedy. As far as abuse of power, hell yea? If you didn't conclude the house managers made their case you weren't paying attention, Lamar Alexander admitted as much. So why didn't more Republicans join in ? Answer is simple. They were worried about being primaried. Republican voters are more loyal to Donald Trump than they are to their elected Senators and Congressman.

Romney is fortunate in that he's not up for election and the State of Utah finds Trump morally repugnant in numbers that exceed all other Republican leaning states.

snafuman
snafuman

Did Romney vote his conscience? Or his hurt feelings?
Only he knows, but more likely the latter.
I haven't been in Utah for a couple years, but I don't think most people I've meet there will be that happy with Mitt.

As for Schiff making his case, we will find out if he was right now when Trump sells Alaska back to the Russians. That outta piss off Murkowski!

Schaap60
Schaap60

"Supposedly Romney is a 'traitor' for having the courage and conviction to do what he honestly believes is correct."

That assumes he honestly believes what he did was correct and he wasn't simply lashing out because he loathes Trump. He may have good reason to loath Trump, but I'm not inclined to assume a private equity guy that obviously has contempt for at least 47% of Americans ever acts out of principle. Sechel is probably correct that representing Utah provides cover for this vote, which suggests it was not purely based on his convictions but rather a calculated political stunt.

Blurtman
Blurtman

The detestable Romney made his money putting Americans out of work via leveraged buyouts, saddling victim companies with toxic debt and filling his and his Bain Capital colleagues pockets with large fees from the dead man walking companies. What a pathetic putz.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

I wouldn't be surprised to see more articles of impeachment this year. If none of the Democrats have a shot at beating Trump electorally, then their only hope is to impeach him again and/or flip the senate. Bolton's book is due out in March and he is already going to get subpoenaed. The truth is it doesn't matter what either party does. They are destined to keep fighting. I don't know who the next Democratic President is but I can guarantee that if the House has a Republican majority, they will draft articles of impeachment at some point.

brentrowlands
brentrowlands

Romney is just trying to fight back to retain his dead version of the GOP, as he watches Trump diminish same. Any new GOP will likely be "Trumped".

Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

@Mish I think you nailed it perfectly.

Glee
Glee

Agree with Mish

Sechel
Sechel

The evidence against Trump was clear. Those who want Trump declared innocent and those who stood against him punished or excommunicated are only pretending Trump is innocent. What''s really going on is they want Trump's agenda to succeed and they don't care what laws, rules or norms get broken in the process.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

In Private, Republicans Admit They Acquitted Trump Out of Fear

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In private, many of my colleagues agree that the president is reckless and unfit. They admit his lies. And they acknowledge what he did was wrong. They know this president has done things Richard Nixon never did. And they know that more damning evidence is likely to come out.

Gsoldato
Gsoldato

It’s great And courageous when people stand up for what’s right, no matter the consequences. But this may be more of a case of spite then courage.

stillCJ
stillCJ

Editor

I have voted in 13 presidential elections, and I have never seen a democrat that was preferable to a repub. But sometimes the repub is almost as bad and then I have to go third party. I did not vote for Mittens, and as for his "conscience", I'm surprised Mish can't see that is BS.

Sechel
Sechel

This is clearly Trump's Republican party now given the reaction of fellow Republicans and FOX news personalities.

wootendw
wootendw

"I salute Mitt Romney, not for his stance, but for having the courage and conviction to act on his beliefs."

Romney would deserve a salute for having courage and conviction but it doesn't look like that is the case.


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