“I acknowledge that my verdict will not remove the President from office,” Romney said in his speech. “My vote will likely be in the minority in the Senate. But irrespective of these things, with my vote, I will tell my children and their children that I did my duty to the best of my ability, believing that my country expected it of me.”
Asked about his vote by a Utah TV station on Thursday, Romney brought up his late father, who served as governor of Michigan and ran unsuccessfully for president.
“The image of my dad comes to mind,” Romney said. “My dad was a person who stood by his word, and did exactly what he thought was right, regardless of the consequence, and that is a family tradition which I hold dear.”