The Republican-controlled Senate voted on Wednesday to officially acquit President Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment.
On the charge of “obstruction of Congress,” all 53 Republicans voted “not guilty” and all 47 Democrats voted “guilty.”
Regarding the second charge, “abuse of power,” 52 voted “not guilty” and 48 voted “guilty.”
Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney was the only Republican to vote with Democrats on this charge against the president.
Now, a secret note from Romney wrote to his Republican colleagues before the vote has been leaked.
The note, obtained and published by Axios, was delivered to Republican senators’ individual boxes in the Senate cloakroom ahead of the vote Wednesday.
In it, Romney defends the decision that he predicts will result in immense backlash against him, including from President Trump, insisting that his vote is “an act of conviction” stemming from the seriousness with which he takes his oath, “before God, to exercise ‘impartial justice.’”
“Does anyone seriously believe I would consent to these consequences other than from an inescapable conviction that my oath before God demanded it of me?” he asks in the letter, which is an excerpted version of his official statement on his decision.
“As a Senator-juror, I swore an oath, before God, to exercise ‘impartial justice,’” Romney’s hand-signed letter to his peers begins.
One thing in Romney’s letter really angered many people — he said numerous times that his “faith” and “belief in God” led to him voting against Trump.
Just consider the smugness and arrogance of Romney to claim he voted to convict Trump because his “belief in God” made him do so.
Romney was correct that his fellow Republicans would “strenuously disapprove” of his decision and he would be “vehemently denounced.”
Romney learned that he will not be invited to this year’s CPAC, the conservative conference’s host chair announced Friday.
Matt Schlapp, the chairman of CPAC, tweeted that Romney has been blocked from speaking at the event.
Romney has spoken at CPAC for many years, dating back to his failed 2012 presidential run. So disinviting him after this long speaks volumes.
“The “extreme conservative” and Junior Senator from the great state of Utah, @SenatorRomney is formally NOT invited to #CPAC2020,” Schlapp wrote.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) January 31, 2020
Among those criticizing Romney’s decision is Romney’s own niece, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. “This is not the first time I have disagreed with Mitt, and I imagine it will not be the last,” tweeted McDaniel. “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.”
Beyond that, Trump was completely acquitted and fully exonerated in the Senate because the Democrats’ case was incredibly weak.
Democrats endlessly whined, issued ridiculous demands, and are already claiming the process was “rigged.”
And now, days after his historic State of the Union address, the president has been acquitted and Republicans are calling for Romney to be expelled from the Republican Party.