After a lengthy argument between House managers and President Donald Trump's counsel, Republicans in the Senate are expected to vote down calls for witnesses in its impeachment trial, starkly contrasting the desire of 75 percent of Americans and dismissing bombshell allegations from potential firsthand witnesses.
Republicans are then expected to vote overwhelmingly to acquit the President.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) surprised no one with an announcement in a Medium post that he'd acquit the President, but some were surprised that Rubio didn't claim, as have other Republicans, that Trump's actions were "perfect."
"Just because actions meet a standard of impeachment does not mean it is in the best interest of the country to remove a President from office."
The words seemed to many like a rebuke of Trump, and even an admission that his actions were impeachable.
Rubio said that even assuming arguments from House managers that Trump's actions constituted abuse of power were true, removal of the President would be too divisive:
"I will not vote to remove the President because doing so would inflict extraordinary and potentially irreparable damage to our already divided nation."
The statement, to many, was at odds with itself.
Rubio admits Trump’s conduct is impeachable, but he doesn’t believe Trump’s removal from office is in the best inte… https://t.co/wg5imZeo0f— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1580493793.0
Rubio's statement is impressively nonsensical. His argument, in short, is that even if Trump is trying to cheat his… https://t.co/tXC8PXe52l— b-boy bouiebaisse (@b-boy bouiebaisse)1580498135.0
Remarkable: GOP Sens. Lamar Alexander, Rob Portman, and Marco Rubio (sort of, in his own sad little cowardly way) h… https://t.co/MQqr2VpaFz— Mark Follman (@Mark Follman)1580497190.0
Senator Rubio finds a new frontier in cowardice: "Sure, Trump did it, and sure, it's impeachable, but I'm going to… https://t.co/qvBTaf6neV— The Moscow Project (@The Moscow Project)1580494011.0
Rubio is even more of a coward than @SenAlexander — he won’t admit that Trump did it. He just says, in essence, “ev… https://t.co/7VtYbsFuEe— Eric Columbus (@Eric Columbus)1580494476.0
Marco Rubio literally wrote this sentence to explain why he won't vote to impeach Trump https://t.co/tYUHMAMOTL— Derek Faraci (@Derek Faraci)1580495569.0
A breathtakingly spineless, remarkably nonsensical take from @marcorubio https://t.co/LW1MoWoiEU— Matt Coffin ⚰️💀🎃 (@Matt Coffin ⚰️💀🎃)1580497562.0
Once Senate Republicans vote down witnesses, they're expected to hold a speedy vote to acquit the President.
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