It is the first Senate impeachment trial where guilt was voted on for one of these articles on a bipartisan basis... I have been moved genuinely even to tears very few times in this body but I was riveted by his [Mitt Romney's] words i said to myself ... this is why you came here.
Mitt Romney was the last senator to reach his seat before the impeachment trial resumed. Arriving at 4:05 p.m., just as Supreme Court Justice John Roberts brought down the convening gavel, Romney sat without looking over at Republicans Mike Braun, on his right, and Dan Sullivan, on his left. He remained in place with his eyes focused forward throughout the proceedings, sipping from a glass of water on his desk from time to time.
A smile of relief crossed Romney’s face about 30 minutes later, after the voting had ceased and Roberts declared that the Senate had acquitted Trump of both impeachment charges.
Romney was also the first senator to leave on the Republican side of the room. Rising from his seat, he exchanged smiles and handshake with Braun and cheerfully traded shoulder pats with Sullivan before moving quickly along the back wall to the exit door and out.
(Reporting by David Morgan)
Our goal was to get an acquittal. We did our job.The polls at this point do not matter. What matters is the acquittal the Chief Justice gaveled in.