Mitt Romney hopes history ‘looks more kindly’ on him than others in the GOP

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney says he hopes history “looks more kindly on me than many members of my party,” in response to state House Democrats who thanked him following his decisions to uphold the presidential election results and support Donald Trump’s impeachment.

Romney conceded that at certain points in his career, he’s made decisions with political expediency in mind but said he’s been determined to follow his conscience while serving as one of Utah’s U.S. senators.

“It’s been greatly relieving and allows me to sleep at night,” Romney said during virtual meeting with House Democrats on Tuesday. “And maybe the history books will mention it. I think most of what I’ve done is a footnote in history, if at all.”

Romney was one of seven Republicans who joined all 50 Democrats to vote to convict Trump earlier this month, but that fell short of the two-thirds majority needed. His vote led some Utah Republicans to push to censure him.

In Trump’s first trial, Romney became the first member of Congress in history to vote to impeach a president of his own party.

During the meeting, the Republican senator also reviewed some of his work over the past year on COVID-19 relief, medical bills and securing federal funds for priorities within Utah. Romney also visited Republican lawmakers and Senate Democrats on Tuesday, but those caucuses closed their meeting with the senator.

The Tribune will update this report.