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MSNBC’s Brian Williams questions the ‘faith’ of senators who didn’t convict President Trump on impeachment
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MSNBC’s Brian Williams questions the ‘faith’ of senators who didn’t convict President Trump on impeachment

'They were not so burdened by the oath'

Responding to news of President Trump's acquittal on impeachment charges Wednesday, MSNBC's Brian Williams questioned the "faith" of those senators who didn't vote to convict the president.

Earlier in the segment, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson took time to praise Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) for being the only Republican to vote to convict the president.

"When he spoke, he spoke about the oath he took to God. And he is really a man of faith," Robinson said of the senator. "He has made a solemn oath and took that very seriously and that's a rare thing."

Williams proceeded to enter the conversation, suggesting that others in the Senate failed to live up to the faithful standard set by Romney: "A lot of the 99 [other senators] insist faith is central to their lives. They were not so burdened by the oath."

"It would appear not," added fellow host Nicolle Wallace.

"It's called walking the walk," lectured Robinson.

Earlier on Wednesday, Romney made headlines by announcing he would break with his Republican colleagues and vote to convict Trump on one of the impeachment charges brought against him: abuse of power.

"The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether the president committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of a high crime and misdemeanor," Romney said. "Yes, he did."

Romney cited his faith and conscience as compelling reasons for his decision, saying that "were he to ignore the evidence" it would "censure [his] own conscience."

He later added, "Does anyone seriously believe that I would consent to these consequences other than from an inescapable conviction that my oath before God demanded it of me?"

Regardless of Romney's vote, Trump was formally acquitted on both charges brought against him in the Senate and the impeachment trial has officially come to a close — or has it?

(H/T: NewsBusters)

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