Dana Milbank, “Mitt Romney’s act of bravery changed nothing and changed everything,” Washington Post, February 5, 2020 (4:53 p.m.).
Amber Phillips, “‘The president is guilty’: Mitt Romney’s speech on his vote to convict Trump, annotated,” Washington Post, February 5, 2020 (2:37 p.m. EST).
Dana Milbank recalls the courage it took to speak out against Joseph McCarthy, whose lawyer, Roy Cohn, was Donald Trump’s mentor:
Every once in a long while a single act of conscience can repair the nation’s soul.
In the dark days of Joe McCarthy’s terror, Sen. Margaret Chase Smith of Maine spoke out against her fellow Republican when nobody else would.
During Watergate, Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee uttered the immortal words — of a president from his own party — “What did the president know and when did he know it?”
Impeachment trial live updates
Now Sen. Mitt Romney joins that honorable pantheon of lawmakers, from John Quincy Adams to John McCain, who put principle over party. In Wednesday’s Senate votes ending the impeachment trial, the senator from Utah cast the lone Republican vote to remove Trump from office — and the lone vote by any senator in history to remove a president of his own party.