Jan 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Romney on impeachment: "It's pretty clear that the effort is constitutional."

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said on CNN's "State of the Union" he believes the impeachment trial is constitutional, despite former President Trump no longer being in office.

Driving the news: Some Republicans have objected to hearing the impeachment trial in the Senate, saying it would be unconstitutional to convict a former president.

What he's saying: "I think if you put aside the partisan columns that are 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," Romney said.

  • "I'll hear what the lawyers have to say for each side, but I think it's pretty clear that the effort is constitutional."

Worth noting: Romney was the only Republican senator to vote to impeach Trump during the president's first trial before the chamber. The Utah senator appeared to signal that he would potentially vote to convict Trump.

  • "I believe that what is being alleged and what we saw, which is incitement to insurrection, is an impeachable offense. If not, what is?"
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