Romney on Trump impeachment: ‘If we’re going to have unity,’ there must be ‘accountability’

Romney on Trump impeachment: ‘If we’re going to have unity,’ there must be ‘accountability’

Sen.

Mitt
Romney,
R-Utah,
expressed
support
for
the
upcoming

impeachment
trial
of
former
President
Donald
Trump,
telling
“Fox
News
Sunday”
that
a
trial
is
needed to
achieve
“truth
and
justice.”

Romney,
who
voted
to
convict
Trump
at
his
first
impeachment,
cited
Trump’s
effort
to
convince
Georgia
Secretary
of
State
Brad
Raffensperger
to
overturn
the
state’s
election
result,
as
well
as
his
call
for
a
march
on
the
U.S.
Capitol
at
a
Jan. 
6
rally
immediately
preceding
the
violent
riot.


TRUMP
IMPEACHMENT
TRIAL
DELAYED
UNTIL
WEEK
OF
FEB.
8,
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SAYS

“Well,
we’re
certainly
going
to
have
a
trial.
I
wish
that
weren’t
necessary,
but
the
president’s
conduct
with
regards
to
the
call
to
Secretary
of
State
Raffensperger
in
Georgia
as
well
as
the
incitation
towards
the
insurrection
that
led
to
the
attack
on
the
Capitol
call
for
a
trial,”
Romney
said.

“And,
you
know,
if
we’re
going
to
have
unity
in
our
country,
I
think
it’s
important
to
recognize
the
need
for
accountability,
for
truth
and
justice.”

Romney
said
the
House’s
article
of
impeachment
“suggests
impeachable
conduct,”
but
he
acknowledged
that
he
and
his
fellow
senators
have
yet
to
hear
arguments
from
the
two
sides.
He
said
he
will
“do
my
best
as
a
Senate
juror
to
apply
justice
as
well
as
I
can
understand
it.”

The
Republican
went
on
to
slam
Trump,
not
just
for
his
words
and
actions
in
the
months
following
the
election,
but
for
what
he
said
leading
up
to
it,
going
as
far
back
as
to
his
first
impeachment.


TRUMP
IMPEACHMENT
MANAGER
SWALWELL
ON
TRIAL:
‘IF
THE
SENATE
ALLOWS
WITNESSES,
WE
WILL
BE
READY
WITH
WITNESSES’

“I
think
it’s
pretty
clear
that
over
the
last
year
or
so
there
has
been
an
effort
to
corrupt
the
election
in
the
United
States,”
Romney said.
“It
was
not
by President
Biden,
it
was
by
President
Trump.

That
corruption
we
saw
with
regards
to
the
conduct
in
Ukraine,
as
well
as
the
call
to
Secretary
of
State
Raffensperger,
as
well
as
the
incitation
to
insurrection.
This
is
obviously
very
serious
and
an
attack
on
the
very
foundation
of
our
democracy
and
is
something
which
has
to
be
considered
and
resolved.”

Looking
forward,
Romney
acknowledged
that
Trump
will
continue
to
have
an
influence
on
the
Republican
Party,
but
he
pointed
to
new voices
that
he
believes
could
determine
the
direction
the
party
goes
in.
He
specifically
mentioned
Maryland
Gov.
Larry
Hogan,
Massachusetts
Gov.
Charlie
Baker,
and
Sens.
Ben
Sasse,
R-Neb.,
and
Marco
Rubio,
R-Fla.,

Romney
was
critical
of
Biden
as
well.
While
the
new
president
has
called
for
unity,
Romney
said
some
of
his
executive
actions
during
the
first
days
of
the
administration have
been
divisive.

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“I
think
there
are
some
actions
the
president
is
taking
that
are
going
to
lead
to
some
anger
and
division,”
Romney
said.
“I
think,
for
instance,
saying
we’re
not
going
to
allow
further
leases
on
government
land
for
oil
and
gas,
that
obviously
very
badly
hurt
our
rural
communities.
Stopping
the
Keystone
Pipeline,
that
puts
a
lot
of
people
out
of
work.
Those
people
are
going
to
be
understandably
angry.”

Romney
said
Biden
should
be
careful
“to
not
do
things
that
incite
a
great
deal
of
unnecessary
anger.”

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