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CNN's Baldwin praises Romney: 'Extraordinary' moment of 'pure honesty and emotion'

CNN's Baldwin praises Romney: 'Extraordinary' moment of 'pure honesty and emotion'
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CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin praised Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal 10 bellwether counties that could signal where the election is headed The Memo: Trump's second-term chances fade MORE (R-Utah) on Wednesday for announcing he will vote to convict President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE in the impeachment trial, making the Utah Republican the only GOP senator to break ranks with his party.

"Wow, that was extraordinary. That was a moment we haven’t seen very often from a member of the U.S. government," Baldwin said on "CNN Newsroom."

"That was pure honesty and emotion from Mitt Romney," she added.

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“The president’s purpose was personal and political. Accordingly, the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust,” Romney said.

“Voters will make the final decision, just as the president’s lawyers have implored. My vote will likely be in the minority in the Senate," Romney said on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon, just hours before senators were slated to vote on the two articles of impeachment against Trump.

CNN analyst John Avlon called Romney's remarks on the Senate floor “a true profile-in-courage speech."

Romney's vote could prove problematic if he decides to seek a second Senate term in 2024.

A Deseret News-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll published Monday showed 53 percent of Utah voters surveyed gave Trump a positive job approval rating, while 52 percent viewed Romney favorably.