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'The trial is stupid, it's like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire': Sens. Marco Rubio and Mike Rounds lead GOP effort against Trump's Senate trial but Mitt Romney says 'he must be held accountable'

 Sens. Marco Rubio and Mike Rounds are leading the Republican front opposing a Senate impeachment trial to convict Donald Trump. 

On Monday Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is expected to send senators a single article of impeachment that was passed in the House of Representatives that blames Trump for inciting the chaotic Capitol invasion on January 6 that left five dead. 

'I think the trial is stupid. I think it's counterproductive. We already have a flaming fire in this country and it's like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire,' Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said to Fox News Sunday

He acknowledged that Trump 'bears some responsibility for what happened' in the Capitol riot where a MAGA mob stormed the Capitol building and halted the joint Congress session that met to certify the election. 

'The first chance I get to vote to end this trial I’ll do it,' Rubio said. 

Republicans including Sen. Marco Rubio and Mike Rounds are leading the GOP effort against the Senate trial to convict Donald Trump. 'I think the trial is stupid. I think it's counterproductive. We already have a flaming fire in this country and it's like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire,' Rubio said on Fox News Sunday

Republicans including Sen. Marco Rubio and Mike Rounds are leading the GOP effort against the Senate trial to convict Donald Trump. 'I think the trial is stupid. I think it's counterproductive. We already have a flaming fire in this country and it's like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire,' Rubio said on Fox News Sunday

Sen. Marc Rubio says impeachment is stupid and is bad for USA
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'I think it's going to be really bad for the country' to go forward with the trial that will 'stir up' Trump's controversy with the riot all over again, Rubio stated.

He's one of several senior Republicans pushing back with political and constitutional arguments, raising doubts that Democrats, who control 50 seats in the 100-seat chamber, can secure the 17 Republican votes needed to convict.  

Other Republicans are now arguing that the Senate has no authority to put a private citizen, which Trump now is as Joe Biden has been sworn in, on trial. 

Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota argued that the Constitution does not allow for the impeachment of a former president.  

When asked by host Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday: 'Do you Believe Donald Trump committed an impeachment offense? Rounds responded, 'To begin with, I think it’s a moot point.'


Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota argued that the Constitution does not allow for the impeachment of a former president. When asked on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday if Trump committed an impeachment offense he responded: 'I think it's a moot point'

Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota argued that the Constitution does not allow for the impeachment of a former president. When asked on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday if Trump committed an impeachment offense he responded: 'I think it's a moot point'

'Right now Donald Trump is no longer the president. He is a former president. Constitution, and I think – and I know there are other people out there that may disagree with me, but Article One, sections, I think it’s three or six and seven, specifically point out that you can impeach the president. And it does not indicate that you can impeach someone who is not in office. So I, I think it’s a moot point,' he added.

'There are other things we'd rather be working on', including confirming more of Biden's cabinet nominees, he said. 

The day of the January 6 riot Rounds had shared a press release saying he supported an independent investigation into the 2020 election, saying: 'Unless we get to the bottom of these allegations I fear America’s faith in our electoral process is in great jeopardy,' joining Trump is casting doubt over the veracity of the election. 

However, Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, a frequent Trump critic, argues that a Senate trial is Constitutional.  He said he believed 'that what is being alleged and what we saw, which is incitement to insurrection, is an impeachable offense. If not, what is?'

However, Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, a frequent Trump critic, argues that a Senate trial is Constitutional.  He said he believed 'that what is being alleged and what we saw, which is incitement to insurrection, is an impeachable offense. If not, what is?'

This chart shows what needs to happen for Trump to get impeached - the Senate needs 2/3rds of the vote to convict him

This chart shows what needs to happen for Trump to get impeached - the Senate needs 2/3rds of the vote to convict him 

Schumer: Trump's impeachment trial will begin February 8th
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However, Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, a frequent Trump critic, argues that a Senate trial is Constitutional. 

The preponderance of legal opinion is that an impeachment trial after a president has left office is constitutional. I believe that's the case,' Romney said to CNN.

He was the only member of his party to vote to convict Trump in his first impeachment trial and hinted that he may be leaning the same way now.

He said he believed 'that what is being alleged and what we saw, which is incitement to insurrection, is an impeachable offense. If not, what is?' 

He cited Trump’s call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger about overturning the state’s election results as evidence to be used in a trial.

'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 on Fox News Sunday

'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,' he added. 

Biden himself has publicly taken a hands-off approach, eager to put Trump in the rear-view mirror and seek quick progress on fighting the coronavirus pandemic and reviving a devastated economy.

The Senate trial is expected to begin on February 9, giving the chamber time to confirm Biden’s appointees as well as Trump’s lawyers time to prepare a defense

The Senate trial is expected to begin on February 9, giving the chamber time to confirm Biden’s appointees as well as Trump’s lawyers time to prepare a defense

A view of a flash bang being set off in front of the US Capitol Building to disperse the MAGA mob that gathered and tried to storm the building on January 6. Five people were left dead in the chaos

A view of a flash bang being set off in front of the US Capitol Building to disperse the MAGA mob that gathered and tried to storm the building on January 6. Five people were left dead in the chaos

Pelosi: Senate is ready for impeachment trial against Trump
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Biden spokeswoman Jen Psaki has said the president 'believes that it's up to the Senate and Congress to determine how they will hold the former president accountable.'

As Democrats worked to prepare the case against Trump, one of those who will present it in the Senate - Representative Madeleine Dean - said she hoped it would move quickly.

'I would expect it would go faster' than the 2020 impeachment trial, which lasted 21 days, she told CNN.

Dean said she was in the House chamber during the 'terrifying moment' when the invading mob began pounding on its doors, chanting: 'Hang Vice President Pence.'

She said Democrats would demand accountability for Trump's role.

'It is an extraordinarily heinous presidential crime,' she said.

The Senate trial is expected to begin on February 9, giving the chamber time to confirm Biden’s appointees as well as Trump’s lawyers times to prepare a defense. 

1 comment:

  1. Amazing . . . one thing that is sorely missed in all this is the TRUTH! Is this trial/impeachment ever going to take into account the false flag obviousness of this whole incident? This nation is being guided by lies and liars. Trump supporters DID enter the Capitol Building but not before they were agitated, attacked and then invited in by cops. Not ONE mention of the provocateurs who, by many of their OWN accounts, were there to set up Trump supporters. This fits the very definition of ENTERAPMENT!

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