But Romney is a dyed in the wool Never-Trumper who, maybe, would be more suited serving as a Democrat. Maybe he ran as a Republican as Republicans have held trifecta control of state government in Utah since at least 1992. Possibly he felt he would have no chance of running under his true affiliation. He certainly seems to toe the Democrat line on nearly every issue.
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said on Sunday that former President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial is constitutional and that Trump’s alleged involvement in the U.S. Capitol riot is an impeachable offence.
Romney’s comments come after several Senate Republicans have voiced support for a disputed legal argument that holding a Senate trial after a president has left office is unconstitutional.
“It’s pretty clear that the effort is constitutional,” Romney said during an interview on CNN. “I believe that what is being alleged and what we saw, which is incitement to insurrection, is an impeachable offence. If not, what is?”
Trump became the first U.S. president impeached by the House twice (although it’s important to remember that the first time he was Acquitted) This time the chamber charged him with high crimes and misdemeanours for inciting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. That incursion left five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer. Having listened to his speech, prior to the incursion and seen the recent claim of responsibility by Antifa, it’s difficult to see how this charge can be justified.
A week after the protest, 10 Republicans joined all 222 Democrats in voting to charge Trump. The Senate impeachment trial is set to start the week of Feb. 8.
The process will begin Monday when the House files its impeachment article to the Senate. Senators will get sworn in as jurors on Tuesday.
The Senate will need 67 votes to convict Trump. If all Democrats support a conviction, they would need 17 Republicans to join them. If the Senate convicts Trump, he could be barred from becoming president again in 2025.
GOP senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania had called on Trump to resign. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told colleagues that he has yet to decide whether or not he will vote to convict Trump but having watched President Trump’s speech before the incursion and now with Antifa’s claim of responsibility, a vote to convict would seem unjustified and curious.
Romney was the only Senate Republican to join Democrats in trying to remove the president from office in December 2019. His enmity for the then President, ever obvious.
Trump was impeached for the first time for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after he pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden after Biden bragged on camera before the World that he was blackmailing the President of Ukraine with Quid Pro Quo. The Republican-held Senate, of course, acquitted him.