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 RomneySenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Zoom, grocery delivery, self-isolation: How lawmakers are surviving coronavirus Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' MORE (R-Utah) on Wednesday for announcing he will vote to convict President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos 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.