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Utah Senator Mitt Romney's Break With Republicans

Kelsie Moore

President Trump was acquitted by the Senate this week on the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The vote would have run straight along party lines if not for a lone outlier: Utah Senator Mitt Romney.

Sen. Romney said that his oath, sworn before God, to render impartial judgment in the case weighed so heavily on him that he had no choice but to move against the overwhelming tide of his political party. In two days, he’s received a large amount of praise and criticism, with Donald Trump Jr tweetingthat “he should be expelled from the GOP," while Senator Richard Blumenthal said he was “surprised and immensely impressed” with Romney’s speech.

Friday at 11 a.m., we’re talking about Romney’s vote, his break with his party, and his political future.


  • Thomas Burr, Washington bureau chief for The Salt Lake Tribune 
  • McKay Coppins, staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of "The Wilderness"
  • David Magleby, Professor Emeritus  of Political Science at Brigham Young University
  • Mark Matheson, Professor of English at the University of Utah
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.