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Romney on impeachment vote to convict: 'Trump incited the insurrection'

Romney on impeachment vote to convict: 'Trump incited the insurrection'
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Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyModerates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats Sinema, Romney propose bill to tackle student loan debt Romney, Sinema teaming up on proposal to raise minimum wage MORE (R-Utah) on Saturday explained why he voted to convict former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE on the charge that he incited the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. 

Romney issued a statement in the early evening on Saturday in which he explicitly declared that Trump “incited the insurrection” that led to several deaths, including that of a Capitol Police Officer.

“President Trump incited the insurrection against Congress by using the power of his office to summon his supporters to Washington on January 6th and urging them to march on the Capitol during the counting of electoral votes. He did this despite the obvious and well known threats of violence that day,” Romney said.

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“President Trump also violated his oath of office by failing to protect the Capitol, the Vice President, and others in the Capitol,” he said. “Each and every one of these conclusions compels me to support conviction.”

Romney, a frequent critic of the former oresident, was one of seven GOP senators who joined Democrats to convict Trump, agreeing that the former president was “guilty” of “willfully inciting violence agains the Government of the United States.”

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The Senate formally voted 57-43 on Saturday afternoon to acquit Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 riots, marking an end to a week-long trial in the upper chamber.