Mitch McConnell ‘Surprised and Disappointed’ with Romney Vote to Convict Trump

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), C, walks to a news conference after departing the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol after the Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump concluded on February 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Senate voted to …
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Wednesday that he was “surprised and disappointed” to see Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) vote to convict President Donald Trump during the impeachment trial.

The Senate voted to acquit President Trump of the two articles of impeachment filed against the president. Romney was the lone Senate Republican to vote to convict Trump.

Romney’s vote led Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, to call to expel Romney from the Republican Party. Andrew Surabian, a former Trump White House staffer, also called to expel Romney.

Republican lawmakers such as Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) called Utah’s junior senator a “sore loser.”

A reporter asked McConnell after the impeachment vote whether there was any chance Romney could be expelled from the party because of his vote to convict the president.

McConnell did not rule out that Romney could be expelled. The Kentucky Republican said, “I was surprised and disappointed, but we have much work to do for the American people, and I think Senator Romney has been largely supportive of most [sic] everything we tried to accomplish.”

Other Senate Republicans sharply disagreed with Romney’s decision to vote to convict the president.

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MY) told reporters on Wednesday, “I strongly disagree with his position, but he has to speak for what he believes and I’ll speak for what I believe.”

Katie Schoettler, Daines’ communications director, told Breitbart News that Daines “is standing with Montanans and President Trump, and voted to acquit.”

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said that he was “surprised” and disappointed to see Romney vote to convict Trump.

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) told Fox News on Wednesday that Romney “bought into Adam Schiff’s [D-CA] impeachment charade” and that the people of Utah will judge him for his vote to convict the president.

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.

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