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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 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 breaking from his party and becoming the first Republican to announce he would be voting 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

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 MurphyOvernight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing Senate Democrats seek to alleviate public concern about some results not being available on election night 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 Schatz Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter's handling of New York Post article raises election night concerns | FCC to move forward with considering order targeting tech's liability shield | YouTube expands polices to tackle QAnon Democrats question Amazon over reported interference of workers' rights to organize 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 WarrenOvernight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing Government watchdog to investigate allegations of Trump interference at CDC, FDA 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 GillibrandHillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter's handling of New York Post article raises election night concerns | FCC to move forward with considering order targeting tech's liability shield | YouTube expands polices to tackle QAnon Democrats question Amazon over reported interference of workers' rights to organize Dueling town halls represent high stakes for Trump 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 SwalwellGraham says SC people of color can go anywhere in the state but 'need to be conservative, not liberal' President Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 House in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power 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 RushHillicon Valley: Judge's ruling creates fresh hurdle for TikTok | House passes bills to secure energy sector against cyberattacks | Biden campaign urges Facebook to remove Trump posts spreading 'falsehoods' House passes bills to secure energy sector against cyberattacks Congress should investigate OAS actions in Bolivia 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.