Impeached President Donald John Trump is in hiding after a leading member of his own party announced he’ll be the first Senator to vote to convict him on one article of impeachment.
Senator Mitt Romney ‘s (R-UT) vote to remove the president from the White House came along with a blistering speech (video below) condemning Trump’s scheme to extort a foreign nation for political dirt on the Bidens. “It’s officially a bipartisan impeachment,” declared Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a member of the House Intelligence Committee that investigated Trump’s scheme in Ukraine.
PBS reports that Romney’s speech sent the normally camera-hungry Trump scurrying away from reporters.
Meanwhile, at the White House, President Trump no longer wants to interact with reporters this hour. The WH abruptly cancelled a planned pool spray between Trump and Venezuelan opposition leader Guaido moments after Romney began announcing his intent to vote to remove Trump.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) February 5, 2020
Without a doubt, the president went and locked himself in the Oval Office, watching television and seething at the betrayal of Mitt Romney and plotting his revenge.
“There is nothing more severe or egregious to our Constitution than corrupting an election,” Romney told Utah’s Deseret News, explaining his decision. “In a democratic republic like ours, taking action to corrupt an election process is about as abusive an attack on the Constitution as I can imagine.” The Utah Republican put his finger on the crux of why Trump’s actions could only be malicious:
“It’s hard to imagine that the president would have done what he did were the name of the parties anything other than Biden,” Romney said.
Meanwhile, House Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) took to Twitter to express vindication of his lengthy arguments, which required a large team of lawyers and staffers to prepare after months of hearings, a 300-page report, and a 119-page legal brief.
The theme of Schiff’s closing argument was “Enough,” and he returned to it in his public statement:
Having proven Trump guilty, I asked if there was just one Republican Senator who would say “enough”
Who would stand up against this dangerously immoral president
Who would display moral courage
Who would do impartial justice as their oath required and convict
And there is. https://t.co/xNHi2CP6oF
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 5, 2020
Romney’s own niece, Ronna McDaniel Romney, who just so happens to be the Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, took to Twitter to slam her Senator uncle, proving sadly that in the Republican Party, blood isn’t as thick as criminal coverups.
This is not the first time I have disagreed with Mitt, and I imagine it will not be the last.
The bottom line is President Trump did nothing wrong, and the Republican Party is more united than ever behind him.
I, along with the @GOP, stand with President Trump.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 5, 2020
Other Senate Republicans have cobbled together a list of pitiful excuses not to vote against Donald Trump.
One of the Vichy Republican Senators declared that the House managers “didn’t meet their burden of proof” despite GOP members refusing to allow witnesses to present to the trial the damning information they gave to the press.
But now there’s at least one Senate Republican brave enough — and confident enough in the support of his voters to defy the president’s bluster and threats in order to do the right thing and draw a line in the sand of history that says facts and the right thing to does matter.
Here’s a clip of Sen. Romney’s speech on the Senate floor:
The majority of polled #AmericansFindTrumpGuilty.
So does Mitt Romney, the first Republican to break ranks with Trump.pic.twitter.com/CeTWYPx0K1
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) February 5, 2020
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition