“Our senators have both been criticized for their vote,” the Utah GOP wrote. “The differences between our own Utah Republicans showcase a diversity of thought, in contrast to the danger of a party fixated on ‘unanimity of thought.’ There is power in our differences as a political party, and we look forward to each senator explaining their votes to the people of Utah.”
“Disagreement is natural and healthy in a party that is based on principles — not on persona. In fact, those principles are the reason behind unprecedented American prosperity during the last four years,” Utah’s Republican Party leaders wrote, adding that “as 2021 begins, we look neither to the past, nor to be punitive.”
The group’s move runs counter to several other state Republican parties’ decisions to censure their senators who voted against Trump’s interests.
Romney and Lee had made unique cameos in materials featured in the impeachment trial.
A list of calls Lee gave to the managers showed a highlighted incoming call from a Washington, DC, area code at 2:26 p.m. ET on January 6. That put the call two minutes after Trump had sent a tweet attacking Vice President Mike Pence on the day of the attack on the US Capitol.
The House impeachment managers had referenced the call as they’d argued that Trump did not take sufficient action to call off the mob as the attack was unfolding and sought to provide insight into his state of mind at the time.