Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has made his support for Donald Trump’s impeachment trial all but official.
The longtime Trump foe said that it would bring “unity” to the country — and presumably, some personal satisfaction — for the Senate to pursue an unprecedented conviction of the former president, Fox News reported.
Romney wants a trial
According to Breitbart, the Utah Republican made the comments during an appearance on Fox News Sunday with host Chris Wallace, also no friend to Trump. The only senator in his party to vote for Trump’s conviction in a previous impeachment trial last year, Romney said that there has to be “accountability” for the recent “insurrection” at the Capitol.
Romney demurred on whether he would vote to convict Trump this time, but left little doubt about how he feels about the ex-president’s culpability.
He also mentioned a phone call that Trump had with Georgia’s secretary of state about the election.
“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, according to Fox.
“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,” the senator added.
Impeachment divides the nation
Romney also said that Trump is responsible “over the last year or so” for “an effort to corrupt the election in the United States,” and brought up the “corruption we saw with regards to the conduct in Ukraine.”
“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,” he said, according to Fox.
The senator also said that he expects Trump to continue to influence the party and that Republicans, including himself, have ignored the problems of working-class voters in the past, but mentioned establishment Republicans such as Sen. Ben Sasse (NE) as “new faces” he hopes to lead in the future.
In reality, it is hard to see the impeachment of a president no longer in office bringing unity, and several Republican lawmakers have spoken out against the effort, calling it frivolous, divisive, and unconstitutional — even a “sham,” in the words of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
The articles of impeachment were transferred to the Senate on Monday, but they won’t be taken up in a trial until February, National Review reports.