Romney’s dirty and he hopes the enemedia will cover for him.
Friendly reminder: Mitt Romney's advisor Joseph Cofer Black joined Burisma's board of directors while Hunter Biden was also serving on the board.
— Cristina Laila (@cristinalaila1) February 5, 2020
Mitt Romney Leaks Impeachment Vote to Reporter Who Mocked Him in 2012
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) leaked advance news of his vote to convict President Donald Trump on one of two articles of impeachment to McKay Coppins, the same reporter who mocked Romney during his run for president in 2012.
By Breitbart News, February 5, 2020:
As Romney stood to speak in the Senate, Coppins, who writes for The Atlantic, published his scoop, “How Mitt Romney Decided Trump Is Guilty.”
Coppins revealed that Romney reached out to him personally and directly, inviting him to his office in the Senate on Tuesday — the day before the vote — to reveal his decision, embargoed until his speech.
The irony is rich. In 2012, Coppins, then working for Buzzfeed, was caught on a hot mic telling another reporter before Romney took the stage at a campaign event just days before the election was to be held.
As Politico reported at the time:
BuzzFeed reporter McKay Coppins was picked up on a hot mic at today’s Mitt Romney event in Kettering, Ohio, saying there was “at least a 40 percent chance” that the candidate would “say something stupid.”
The remark, picked up on a pool feed, drew some attention among other reporters on Twitter, but Coppins was quick to run damage control: “Looks like my snide comment, caught on livestream, was wrong,” he tweeted. “Romney got the tone just right at this event in Dayton.”
It is unclear why Romney personally summoned Coppins to break news of his vote to convict.
In September 2019, the week Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, this reporter predicted that Romney would vote to convict the president.
Romney delivered a blistering attack on Trump in the middle of the 2016 Republican primary — but failed to endorse an alternative, leading observers to speculate that he was merely raising his own profile.
The former Republican nominee later sought a position in Trump’s cabinet as Secretary of State, and did not receive it. He later courted Trump’s endorsement for his U.S. Senate run in 2018, and received it.
Last year, Romney was discovered to have created a fake Twitter account, “Pierre Delecto,” to promote himself.
The Senate is not expected to vote to convict and remove Trump from office in the final vote Wednesday.
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