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USA: Republican Romney backs impeachment

United States, Washington DC
February 5, 2020 at 20:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

Republican Senator Mitt Romney signalled his intention to vote to convict US President Trump during the the impeachment trial on Wednesday.

"The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust," Romney declared in a speech verging on tears from Capitol Hill.

"Were I to ignore the evidence that has presented and disregard what I believe my oath and the constitution demands of me for the sake of a partisan end, it would, I fear, expose my character to history's rebuke and the censure of my own conscience," he added.

The Utah senator, who was the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, is the only member of his party in the Senate to openly back impeachment. He could well end up being the only one.

His announcement was met with scorn from the White House and senior conservative commentators.

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Republican Senator Mitt Romney signalled his intention to vote to convict US President Trump during the the impeachment trial on Wednesday.

"The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust," Romney declared in a speech verging on tears from Capitol Hill.

"Were I to ignore the evidence that has presented and disregard what I believe my oath and the constitution demands of me for the sake of a partisan end, it would, I fear, expose my character to history's rebuke and the censure of my own conscience," he added.

The Utah senator, who was the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, is the only member of his party in the Senate to openly back impeachment. He could well end up being the only one.

His announcement was met with scorn from the White House and senior conservative commentators.

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