Utah's other Republican senator distances himself from Romney

Utah's other Republican senator distances himself from Romney
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Utah Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeZoom, grocery delivery, self-isolation: How lawmakers are surviving coronavirus Justice IG pours fuel on looming fight over FISA court Senator Tom Coburn's government oversight legacy MORE (R) distanced himself from home-state colleague Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneySenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Zoom, grocery delivery, self-isolation: How lawmakers are surviving coronavirus Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' MORE (R-Utah) Wednesday evening, tweeting that “those who voted to remove” President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE from office were “very wrong.”

Lee posted his tweet a few hours after Romney rocked Capitol Hill with a Senate floor speech in which he accused the president of “an appalling abuse of the public trust” and “a flagrant assault on our electoral rights.”

Romney voted to remove Trump from office by supporting the first article, charging Trump with abuse of power. He and all other Senate Republicans voted to dismiss the second article, alleging obstruction of Congress.

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He was the only Republican to vote for conviction on either article.  

After the vote, Lee congratulated Trump for beating the push to remove him from office and the ballot in 2020.

“Congratulations @realDonaldTrump. I’m looking forward to your next five years in office. Those who voted to remove you were wrong. Very wrong,” he tweeted.

Romney and Lee polled about evenly in Utah in the fall.

A UtahPolicy.com poll published in October showed Romney with a 46 percent approval rating and a 51 percent disapproval rating.

The survey showed Lee with a 43 percent approval rating and 47 percent disapproval rating.