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Romney on finding Trump's actions convictable: 'It's what autocrats do'

Romney on finding Trump's actions convictable: 'It's what autocrats do'
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In an interview with The Atlantic, Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneySenate GOP open to confirming Yellen to be Biden's Treasury secretary Overnight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases Bipartisan Senate group holding coronavirus relief talks amid stalemate MORE (R-Utah) opened up about his decision to vote to convict President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE of abuse of power Wednesday evening.

The Republican senator said it was "the most difficult decision" of his life. On the floor of the Senate Wednesday, the former GOP presidential nominee emotionally told the chamber that Trump was "guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust," a sentiment he echoed in his Atlantic interview.

"The president did in fact pressure a foreign government to corrupt our election process," Romney told the publication. "And really, corrupting an election process in a democratic republic is about as abusive and egregious an act against the Constitution—and one's oath—that I can imagine. It's what autocrats do."

Romney was also one of two Senate Republicans to vote for additional witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial last week, along with Sen. Susan Collins (Maine).

On the other article of impeachment — obstruction of Congress — Romney said he would vote to acquit the president.