Republican Senator Mitt Romney issued a scathing criticism of President Donald Trump and his campaign associates Friday, saying he was “sickened” by their “dishonesty” after reading special counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page redacted report.
“I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President,” Romney said in a statement.
I have now read the redacted Mueller report and offer my personal reaction: pic.twitter.com/ACnExskqXJ
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) April 19, 2019
“I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia—including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement,” the freshman senator and former Massachusetts governor stated. “And that the campaign chairman Paul Manafort] was actively promoting Russian interests in Ukraine.
“It is good news that there was insufficient evidence to charge the President of the United States with having conspired with a foreign adversary or with having obstructed justice,” Romeny began his statement. “The alternative would have taken us through a wrenching process with the potential for constitutional crisis. The business of government can move on.”
Romney, who was the 2012 Republican presidential candidate and warned that Russia was the greatest geopolitical foe to the United States at the time, concluded: “Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders.”
In March 2016, Romney called Trump a “fraud” and a “phony,” but when Trump won the presidential election, Romney met with Trump to talk about possibly becoming secretary of state.
Trump attacked Romney on Twitter in the days leading up to his swearing into the Senate.
“Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? I hope not. Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t,” Trump tweeted on January 2. “He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!”
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Friday called for the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump less than 24 hours after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
The report documented ten potential instances of obstruction of justice based on testimony by current and former White House officials.