The White House promoted remarks made by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) in an interview Sunday in which he said there was no evidence to support House Republicans' efforts to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Biden.
Shortly after Mr. Romney spoke on NBC's “Meet the Press,” the White House press secretary sent an email that included a portion of the interview in which Mr. Romney said he would vote against him if he were a member of Congress. Recordings and video clips were included.
When asked by NBC's Kristen Welker if there was evidence that Biden had committed “high crimes and misdemeanors,” Romney said, “Not really.” I see no evidence of that at all. ”
“I think before you start an impeachment inquiry, you should have some evidence, some trend that there was wrongdoing. And so far, nothing of that nature has been provided,” Romney said. He directly responded to claims by some House Republicans that he is moving toward launching an investigation to gain access to information that could prove wrongdoing.
A White House email called Romney's comments, which came two days before House Republicans were scheduled to vote to launch an impeachment inquiry, a “political stunt.”
Asked if he would oppose an investigation, Romney said: “Well, if I were in the House, I would vote against an investigation unless I could produce evidence that suggested a high crime or misdemeanor was committed. “Sho,” he answered. But so far, that's not the case. ”
“Fortunately for most of us, we are not responsible for the misdeeds of our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren,” Romney said. “My family has nothing to be ashamed of, but President Biden's son Hunter was clearly a very unpleasant person who had some very hurtful personal weaknesses, including drug addiction.”
Romney added: “That's not President Biden.” “And we're not going to impeach anyone for the sins of our children.”
Romney supported former President Trump's first impeachment, becoming the first senator in history to vote in favor of impeaching a president of his own party. Several other Senate Republicans also joined in supporting President Trump's second impeachment.
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