Democrats praise Romney for breaking with GOP on convicting Trump

Democrats praise Romney for breaking with GOP on convicting Trump
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Congressional Democrats praised Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOutgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump selects White House lawyer for coronavirus inspector general Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill MORE (R-Utah) on Wednesday for breaking from his party and becoming the first Republican to announce he would be voting to convict President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE

The senator was hailed by Senate colleagues and House Democrats for joining them in voting to impeach and remove Trump over abuse of power. 

“I sat silently across the chamber, listening to my friend give one of the most important speeches I have ever had the good fortune to hear in person,” Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyCoronavirus watch: Where the virus is spiking across the country New Jersey governor closing parks, forests Democrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog MORE (D-Ct.) tweeted shortly after Romney announced on the Senate floor that he would be voting to convict Trump.

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“At a time when many wonder what honor is left in public life, there stands Mitt Romney,” Murphy added. 

Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Dybul interview; Boris Johnson update Lawmakers, labor leaders ramp up calls to use Defense Production Act Trump faces mounting pressure to unleash Defense Production Act MORE (D-Hawaii) offered similar praise for his Republican colleague, whom he said “restored” his “faith in the idea that putting country over party is still possible.” 

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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Schiff presses intel chief on staff changes | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Twitter's Jack Dorsey to donate B to coronavirus fight | WhatsApp takes steps to counter virus misinformation Warren releases plan to secure elections during coronavirus pandemic On The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials 'looking at' offering coronavirus bonds MORE (D-Mass.), a leading presidential candidate, said the vote to convict Trump is "an act of patriotism," and thanked Romney for his patriotism. 

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandStates battle each other for equipment in supply chain crunch The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Biden fights for attention in coronavirus news cycle MORE (D-N.Y.) also thanked Romney for voting his conscience and doing what he knew in his "heart to be right."

House Democrats, who nearly all voted to impeach Trump at the end of last year, also championed Romney for his decision to break party ranks on the vote. 

“Thank you, Senator Romney, for your impeachment courage. You put our country’s national security above your own personal, political interests. That’s the opposite of what Donald Trump did. History will favorably know your name for this,” Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellKey House chairman cautions against remote voting, suggests other options amid coronavirus outbreak House Democrats plead with key committee chairman to allow remote voting amid coronavirus pandemic Congress tiptoes toward remote voting MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted. 

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) called Romney’s “remarkable speech” a “historic moment.” 

“Senator Romney is right. And he will make the vote to convict Trump of abuse of power bipartisan,” Beyer tweeted.

 

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Rep. Bobby RushBobby Lee RushBobby Rush wins Illinois House primary Illinois governor endorses Biden one day before primary Biden rolls out over a dozen congressional endorsements after latest primary wins MORE (D-Ill.) said Romney did “what many of his GOP colleagues have been afraid to do when it comes to this President’s considerable contempt for the constitution—he told the truth.”

--This report was updated at 3:34 p.m.