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Foxnews/ Romney on Trump impeachment: 'If we're going to have unity,' there must be 'accountability'
While inauguration has passed and the transfer of power is done there is still discussion between politicians on how to respond to Trump behavior regarding the capitol riot. While Trump's enemies now feel more brave to throw criticism at him, Trump supporters are prefer to shift the attention from impeachment to other issues.
Several Republican senators Sunday discouraged suggestions that the chamber could convict former President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial.
"Well first of all, I think the trial is stupid," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said on "Fox News Sunday." "I think it's counterproductive. We already have a flaming fire in this country, and [impeachment is] taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire."
Rubio said that he believes Trump "bears responsibility for some of what happened" during the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol this month but that he does not believe impeachment is the right way to address the matter. He also said it would be "arrogant" to say Trump should be barred from running for federal office again.
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, expressed support for the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, telling "Fox News Sunday" that a trial is needed to achieve "truth and justice."
Romney, who voted to convict Trump at his first impeachment, cited Trump's effort to convince Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn the state's election result, as well as his call for a march on the U.S. Capitol at a Jan. 6 rally immediately preceding the violent riot.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida called Donald Trump's upcoming impeachment trial "stupid" while acknowledging the former president's role in the Capitol mob riot.
"I think the trail is stupid. I think it's counterproductive," Rubio said during a Sunday appearance on Fox News Sunday with host Chris Wallace.
"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," he added.
Wallace then reminded Rubio that Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell previously blamed Trump for the insurrection, to which Rubio responded: "I think the president bears responsibility for some of what happened. It was most certainly a foreseeable consequence of everything that was going on."
A growing number of Republican senators say they oppose holding an impeachment trial, a sign of the dimming chances that former President Donald Trump will be convicted on the charge that he incited a siege of the U.S. Capitol.
House Democrats, who will walk the impeachment charge of “incitement of insurrection” to the Senate on Monday evening, are hoping that strong Republican denunciations of Trump after the Jan. 6 riot will translate into a conviction and a separate vote to bar Trump from holding office again. But GOP passions appear to have cooled since the insurrection, and now that Trump’s presidency is over, Republican senators who will serve as jurors in the trial are rallying to his legal defense, as they did during his first impeachment trial last year.
“I think the trial is stupid, I think it’s counterproductive,” said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.. He said that “the first chance I get to vote to end this trial, I’ll do it” because he believes it would be bad for the country and further inflame partisan divisions.