Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, now a US senator from Utah, said Friday he was “sickened” and “appalled” by the details in the Mueller report.
“I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President,” he said in a statement posted to Twitter.
“I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia — including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement; and that the campaign chairman was actively promoting Russian interests in Ukraine,” the statement said.
“Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders,” the statement said.
Romney has been critical of Trump before, including just before taking office this year. Romney wrote in The Washington Post that the Trump presidency had “made a deep descent” in December and that, despite delivering Republican victories on corporate taxes and judicial appointments, “the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.”
That broadside raised the question of whether Romney, as senator, would try to restrain Trump, the Globe reported. Romney, who was Massachusetts governor from 2003 to 2007, has dismissed the idea of running against Trump. It would be his third time. Another former Massachusetts GOP governor, William F. Weld, is the only candidate who is challenging Trump for the nomination.
Romney also criticized Trump during the 2016 campaign, calling him a “phony” and a “fraud.”