Marco Rubio’s few thoughts on impeachment, Rick Scott’s emphatic statement

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Rubio's contemplation: Did Trump do anything warranting removal from office?

While Florida’s two Republican U.S. Senators already are suggesting they do not intend to vote to convict President Donald Trump on the two articles of impeachment, they communicated vastly different paths toward that outcome.

In a series of tweets Thursday morning, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio offered “a few thoughts on impeachment.” In them, he never offers any defense of Trump’s Ukraine actions that led the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach him Wednesday night. Rather, Rubio’s thoughts center on his concern of whether Trump did anything serious enough to warrant removal from office. He did not announce a conclusion.

In a statement his office released late Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott provided no such contemplation. He was emphatic that he believes Trump has done nothing wrong.

“The question before each Senator isn’t whether @potus did something offensive,wrong,improper or even bad for the country,” Rubio tweeted. “The question is whether he has, (WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE CONSTITUTION)committed: -treason; -bribery; -&/or other high crimes & misdemeanors

“The Constitution provides no guidelines for how Senators should arrive at their decision. My decision will be guided by 2 factors: 1. Conviction carries a mandatory & extraordinary minimum sentence,removal from office 2. An alternative remedy is available, the 2020 election

“Therefore my decision will be based on a two pronged test: 1. Did President commit treason,bribery &/or a high crime or misdemeanor as meant by Constitution; AND 2. If so,does it rise to a level warranting removal or is it best left for voters to decide in just 11 months”

Scott made it clear he feels no need to go through such tests because he’s already reached a conclusion on the first question that Rubio is raising.

“The House Democrats just spent a month confirming that the President did nothing wrong and that this impeachment circus is nothing but partisan politics,” Scott declared in his statement.

Scott Powers

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3 comments

  • The Swampfox

    December 20, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Again senator Rubio becomes verbose about a situation that he should keep his trap shut about. “You have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be held against you.” Asking of one country leader to another to do us (USA) a favor hardly falls into the realm of “high crimes *& misdemeanors! Especially when the question was about an alleged bribery of the previous VP who admits his shook down Ukraine on behalf of his son!!! SO what if that alleged criminal (Biden) is now running for president! That seems to be glossed over very well by the lefty loonies and mainstream media! Actually everything the democrats have done they have templated that and have attempted to place that over the Trump campaign, with the MSM as their willing accomplices lying through their teeth making up assumptions and pumping them out to the public. As for Senator Rubio let him explain his reasons after, instead of before his vote to convict or not to convict the president. WE don’t need any Republican senators becoming media whores for their own benefit. There’s been enough of that from the democrats over the past three yrs. building their “Caine Mutiny” case against this president!

    • Cindy Y Henley

      December 20, 2019 at 11:51 pm

      If president Obama did was Donald J for jackass Trump did these 2 morons would have headed up the give him the emitter Teal verdict immediatly

      • The Swampfox

        December 21, 2019 at 2:51 pm

        Lady,you are in the ozone layer! To juxtaposition Ob am to President Trump with “if Obama did what president Trump did;” Cite what president Trump has done??? I can cite numerous violations by Obama, starting our with DACA, lets move on to Benghazi, Oh the IRS scandal with Lois Lerner. Fest & Furious with Eric Holder & Barack “Hussein” Obama. Finally, Teal vs the State of Florida??? You need to take your head out of your rear orifice. If you’re an attorney you are a very incompetent one!!

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