Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said in a Medium post Friday that actions “meeting the standard for impeachment” don’t always mean that a president should be removed from office.
Rubio said that removal from office is a political decision, and that it’s important to consider whether it is in the best interests of the country to remove a president.
“Can anyone doubt that at least half of the country would view his removal as illegitimate — as nothing short of a coup d’état? It is difficult to conceive of any scheme Putin could undertake that would undermine confidence in our democracy more than removal would,” Rubio wrote.
He said new witnesses weren’t needed in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump because he had decided to assume “that all the allegations are true” and still thought that removal from office wasn’t necessary or prudent for the country.
Rubio ran against Trump in the 2016 Republican primary.
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