Romney becomes the first U.S. senator to vote to convict President of own party
It was just one vote, but the decision by Utah Senator Mitt Romney to convict President Trump on the abuse of power article of impeachment made the vote bipartisan.
The Republican lawmaker began his explanation of his vote by saying he is "a profoundly religious person" and takes his "oath before God as enormously consequential."
Romney sided with the rest of the Senate Republicans by voting to acquit Trump of the second article of impeachment on a charge of obstruction of Congress.
The 2012 Republican presidential nominee and uncle of Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said on the Senate floor that his faith required him to vote to convict.
In doing so, Romney became the first U.S. senator to vote to convict a President of his or her own party in an impeachment trial.
U.S. Senator and Detroit native Mitt Romney became the first senator in history to vote to convict a President of his own party in an impeachment trial.
Romney criticized fellow Republicans for blocking witness testimony in the Senate trial.