Sen. Mitt Romney said in an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” that the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is justified, adding that he expects even as Trump remains a fixture in the Republican Party that “new faces” — including Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker — will emerge as spokespeople for the party in the coming years.
Romney said during the Sunday interview that it’s clear over the last year that Trump engaged in efforts “to corrupt the election of the United States,” pointing in particular toward the former president’s call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger during which he pressured the state officials to “find the fraud,” as well as Trump’s incitation of his followers “towards insurrection” that resulted in the deadly attack at the Capitol.
“If we’re going to have unity in our country, I think it’s important to recognize the need for accountability, for truth and justice,” Romney said. “So I think there will be a trial, and I hope it goes as quickly as possible. But that’s up to the council on both sides.”
Romney said he plans to do his best as a senate juror and “apply justice as well as I can understand it” after hearing arguments from both sides. The Republican senator said he agrees with legal scholars who say that an impeachment trial is appropriate and can be held even after a president leaves office.
Asked by anchor Chris Wallace about how the GOP will move forward in the coming years and find a balance between the “traditional Republicans and the Trump Republicans,” the former Massachusetts governor called out the importance of having “new faces” in the party.
The current Bay State governor is among those Romney said could be the next prominent leaders for the party.
“There are going to be new faces that are going to be the spokespeople for our party and their own vision,” Romney said. “That can be Larry Hogan, it can be Charlie Baker, it could be Marco Rubio … or Ben Sasse. So there will be some new faces. President Trump of course will continue to have influence. But I think our party is going to return to some of our more fundamental principles — which is fiscal responsibility, believing in the importance of character, standing with our allies, and pushing back against people like Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin.”
What is critical for the Republican party, Romney said, is to communicate “more effectively to working men and women in our country that our policies are best designed to help them and to give them and their families a better future.”
“That’s something I think we’ve missed — that’s something I missed in my campaign –I think that’s something that’s going to help us going forward,” he said.
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