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 Romney7 things to know about the coronavirus stimulus package Scarborough rips Trump for mocking Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'Could have been a death sentence' Trump on Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'I am so happy I can barely speak' MORE (R-Utah) opened up about his decision to vote to convict President TrumpDonald John TrumpHealth insurers Cigna, Humana waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus treatment Puerto Rico needs more federal help to combat COVID-19 Fauci says April 30 extension is 'a wise and prudent decision' 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.