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Top Republican Senator Says He'll Vote To Convict Trump

Senator Mitt Romney says he will vote to convict US President Donald Trump in the Senate's impeachment trial.

Utah Senator Mitt Romney says he will vote to convict US President Donald Trump, becoming the first and likely only Republican in the Senate's impeachment trial to break ranks and favour removing him from office.

Romney, the Republican 2012 presidential nominee, said he believed Trump was guilty of "an appalling abuse of public trust" when he pressured Ukraine's leaders to investigate political foe Joe Biden.

Senator Romney and President Trump. (Image: Getty)

Romney said as a "profoundly religious" person, he was bound by the oath senators took to administer impartial justice.

"My faith is at the heart of who I am," he said.

Trump is virtually certain to be acquitted by the Republican-run Senate, where a two-thirds majority - 67 votes - would be required to remove him.

The final votes on the two articles of impeachment were scheduled for later today.