by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 31, 2020) — 5:37 p.m. EST- During a roll-call vote on the question of whether or not to call witnesses to the Senate in its impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, first-term U.S. Senator from Utah and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) voted “aye.”
Romney was considered one of four or five Republicans who might vote in favor of additional witnesses in order to reach a decision on whether or not Trump will ultimately be removed from office.
On December 18, the House of Representatives passed two Articles of Impeachment, citing “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.”
During the roll call, no audible vote was heard on this writer’s part from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), an outspoken Trump critic.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Romney in voting for witnesses. Collins is facing a re-election campaign in November.
The vote count on the measure ended at 51 against and 49 in favor.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.