On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) explained his weighing of the evidence that President Trump had abused his office and committed high crimes against the Constitution and the People of the United States. His vote later that day would make Donald Trump the first and only US President ever to face a bipartisan vote to remove him from office. Below is a full transcript of Senator Romney’s historic address.
SENATOR MITT ROMNEY, Republican of Utah
The Constitution is at the foundation of our Republic’s success, and we each strive not to lose sight of our promise to defend it. The Constitution established the vehicle of impeachment that has occupied both houses of our Congress these many days. We have labored to faithfully execute our responsibilities to it. We have arrived at different judgments, but I hope we respect each other’s good faith.
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 profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am. 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.