Republican senator likely to stand with Democrats on impeachment trial

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) is breaking ranks with Senate Republicans and joining Democrats in their calls for a show trial that will try to take down President Donald Trump, according to a new op-ed from The Salt Lake Tribune‘s editorial board.

Romney has made it clear he doesn’t believe in Trump’s vision for America. Maybe it’s time for him to switch parties.

Working with the White House

Mitt Romney has been a staunch critic of the president ever since he took office. Romney has often called Trump out over his conduct, drawing the ire of the president and his supporters, MSNBC notes.

And the rift isn’t just over petty character issues. Romney has also had significant differences with President Trump over policy.

Thus, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Romney is once again creating problems within the party. He and a couple of others have taken issue with GOP leadership’s strategy toward impeachment.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said he will work closely with the White House during the impeachment process, prompting a major outcry from many in D.C., according to Business Insider.

Democrats threw nonpartisan fact-finding out the window during their investigation of Trump in the House, and Republicans were locked out of the investigation entirely.

Now, Republicans are responding by fighting fire with fire. But rumors are swirling that Mitt Romney and several other GOP senators are uncomfortable with the strategy.

Romney will very likely join Democrats and call for a full trial, the Tribune‘s editorial board argues.

Standing united

Despite the rumors surrounding Romney, Republicans are, for the most part, sticking to their guns, the New York Post notes. There will be no witnesses nor new fact-finding, they say, arguing that Democrats should have done that in the House before voting to approve the articles of impeachment.

Most of the criticism of McConnell’s strategy attacks his desire to coordinate with the White House. But at this point, no Senate Republicans are expected to vote to convict Trump, due to the complete lack of evidence and the starkly partisan nature of this impeachment process.

Hopefully, that won’t change any time soon.

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