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Sen. Marco Rubio summed up the coming impeachment trial against former President Trump in the Senate as “stupid” and said he would vote to end it at the first opportunity.
“I think the trial is stupid,” the Florida Republican said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“We already have a flaming fire in this country,” he said, adding that trying Trump would douse it with a “bunch of gasoline.”
“The first chance I get to vote to end this trial I’ll do it,” he said.
The House, which passed a single article of impeachment against Trump for “incitement of an insurrection” on Jan. 13, is expected to deliver the article of impeachment to the Senate Monday evening.
The Senate trial is expected to start on Feb. 9, giving the chamber time to confirm some of President Biden’s appointees and allowing Trump to work with his lawyers on crafting a defense.
Trump was impeached for a second time by the House for his role in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 in which a mob of his supporters stormed the building as lawmakers were meeting to certify the Electoral College vote for Biden.
Five people died in the mayhem, including a Capitol Police officer.
Rubio said the former president is entitled to “due process” to prepare his case and said the House didn’t even call witnesses to testify when it “rammed” impeachment through.
“I think this is going to be very bad for the country,” he said.
But Sen. Mitt Romney, the only Republican senator to break ranks and vote to impeach Trump at the first impeachment trial last February, said the former president must be held accountable.
He alluded to the phone call Trump had with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger about overturning the presidential election results and the Capitol riot as the reason.
“Well, we’re certainly going to have a trial. I wish that weren’t necessary, but the president’s conduct with regards to the call to Secretary of State Raffensperger in Georgia as well as the incitation towards the insurrection that led to the attack on the Capitol call for a trial,” Romney said.
“And, you know, if we’re going to have unity in our country, I think it’s important to recognize the need for accountability, for truth and justice,” Romney (R-Utah) said on “Fox News Sunday.”
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