During an interview with CNN, Senator Mitt Romney stated that he believes the impeachment trial should go forward, claiming that although President Trump’s term is up, impeaching him would not be unconstitutional.
“Well, I’ve read a number of law review articles, and I think if you put aside the partisan columns if you will written in various publications and look at those that are written by academics, you’ll find that the preponderance of the legal opinion is that an impeachment trial after someone has left office is constitutional. I believe that’s the case. I’ll, of course, hear what the lawyers have to say for each side, but I think it’s pretty clear that the effort is constitutional,” Romney told the left-leaning news organization.
During President Trump’s impeachment trial last year, Romney was the only Republican to vote to impeach Trump.
Romney stated that he plans to “do my best as a Senate juror to apply justice as well as I can understand it,” although it is highly likely that his mind is already made up on the matter.
The Utah Senator has always been Trump’s most outspoken critic from within the Republican Party, and stated that the House’s new impeachment article “suggests impeachable conduct.”