Trump knocks 'failed presidential candidate' Romney after impeachment vote

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE in an early morning tweet on Thursday ramped up his jabs targeted at Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRepublicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany MORE after the Utah Republican voted to convict Trump on one article of impeachment in his Senate trial.

"Had failed presidential candidate @MittRomney devoted the same energy and anger to defeating a faltering Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Memo: Trump grows weak as clock ticks down How Obama can win back millions of Trump voters for Biden Biden taps Obama alums for high-level campaign positions: report MORE as he sanctimoniously does to me, he could have won the election," the president said.

Trump then repeated a favorite talking point of his during the now-ended impeachment proceedings: "Read the Transcripts!"

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On Wednesday, Romney announced on the Senate floor that later in the day he would vote to convict Trump on the charge of abuse of power, one of the two articles of impeachment levied against the president.

Romney said in an Atlantic interview that while the decision was "the most difficult decision" of his life, Trump was "guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust." 

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee was the only GOP lawmaker to vote with the Democrats on either of the articles of impeachment. Trump was acquitted on both articles — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — Wednesday afternoon.

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Trump on Wednesday night also accused Romney of being a Democratic spy.