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 RomneyTransit funding, broadband holding up infrastructure deal Schumer leaves door open for second vote on bipartisan infrastructure deal Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor MORE (R-Utah) on Wednesday for announcing he will vote to convict President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix 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.