'Appalling abuse of public trust': Mitt Romney will vote to convict Trump in impeachment trial
Former Govenor Mitt Romney speaking with supporters of U.S. Congresswoman Martha McSally at a campaign rally at The Falls Event Center in Gilbert, Arizona. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) on Wednesday announced that he will vote to convict President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, making him the first Republican senator to cross over and join Democrats in supporting removing the president for abuse of power.


In an interview with The Atlantic, Romney cited his religious faith as a factor in his decision to find the president guilty.

"The president did in fact pressure a foreign government to corrupt our election process,” Romney told The Atlantic. “And really, corrupting an election process in a democratic republic is about as abusive and egregious an act against the Constitution—and one's oath—that I can imagine. It's what autocrats do.”

Romney reiterated those themes in a floor speech announcing his decision to convict the president, as he cited his "oath to God" to render impartial justice at Trump's Senate trial.

"What the president did was wrong," Romney said. "Grievously wrong."