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 RomneyRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump Trump slams 'rogue' Sasse after criticism of executive actions MORE (R-Utah) opened up about his decision to vote to convict President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' 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.