PERSONA NON GRATA: Republican party's Trump loyalists ready to banish recent GOP presidential nominee.

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, lone among his Republican colleagues, will vote to convict President Trump today on the charge of abuse of power charge, NPR reports, which quotes him:

“The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust,” said Romney on the Senate floor. “What he did was not perfect. No, it was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security and our fundamental values,” he said. “Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine.”

The Senate will convene at 3 p.m. CST. There will be more closing statements before the vote.

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