Transcript for Watch Mitt Romney’s speech prior to Trump’s acquittal
The allegations made in the articles of impeachment are very serious. As a senator juror. I swore an oath before god. To exercise impartial justice. I am profoundly. Religious. My faith. Is at the heart of who I am. I take an oath before god has enormously consequential. I knew from the outset that being tasked with judging the president the leader of my own party. Would be the most difficult decision. I have ever faced. So the verdict is ours to render under our constitution. The people will judge us for how well and faithfully we fulfill our duty. The great question the constitution task senators to answer. Is whether the president committed an act so extreme and egregious. That it rises to the level of a high crime. And misdemeanor. Yes he did. The president asked a foreign government to investigate his political rival. The president withheld vital military funds from that government to press it to do so. The president delayed funds for an American ally at war with Russian invaders. The president's purpose. Was personal and political. Accordingly the president is guilty of an appalling abuse. Of public trust. What he did was not perfect. No it was a flagrant assault. Under electoral rights. Our national security. And our fundamental values. Corrupting an election. To keep oneself in office. Is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one's oath of office that I can imagine. Were ride to ignore the evidence that has been presented. And disregard what I believe my oath and the constitution demands of me. For the sake of a partisan and it would I fear expose my character and history rebuke. And the censure. Of my own conscience. I'm aware that there are people in my party and in my state who have struck a note strenuously disapprove of my decision. And in some quarters I will be vehemently denounced. I'm sure to hear abuse from the president and his supporters. Does anyone seriously believe it. And I would consent to these consequences. Other than from at an inescapable conviction. That my oath before god demanded of me. Acknowledge that my verdict will not remove the president from office. The results of this senate court. Will in fact be appealed to a higher court the judgment of the American people. Voters will make the final decision. Just as the president's lawyers had implored. My vote will likely be in the minority in the senate. But irrespective of these things. With my vote I will tell my children and their children that I did my duty to the best of my ability. Believing that my country expected it up make. I will only be one name among many no more no less. To future generations of Americans who look at the record of this trial. They will not merely that I was among the senators who determined that what the president did was wrong. Grievously wrong. We are all footnotes at best in the annals of history. But in the most powerful nation on earth. The nation conceived in liberty and justice that distinction. Is enough for any citizen.
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