Romney explains his vote to convict Trump

Mitt Romney explained his vote to convict President Trump in a note to his Republican colleagues, hand-signed “Mitt” in blue ink and delivered Wednesday to their individual boxes in the Senate cloakroom.  This photo of the letter has sections covered to conceal identifying info.

Why it matters: The Utah senator and 2012 presidential nominee was the only Republican to go against Trump during impeachment. His notes reflect how much pressure he’ll be under to justify himself to a party that’s pledged loyalty ahead of Trump’s re-election bid.

Trump has called for Romney’s expulsion from the party and Romney’s niece, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, has publicly criticized him.

Romney, who once contemplated serving as Trump’s secretary of state, has knowingly set himself up for extended backlash with his vote.