House impeachment manager swats down Marco Rubio question about Hillary Clinton ‘precedent’
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'The hypothetical has no bearing on this case.'

A Florida Republican Senator offered a question during the interrogatory portion of the U.S. Senate impeachment trial Friday dismissed as “hypothetical” by a House manager.

Sen. Marco Rubio, who has said the trial of former President Donald Trump was a waste of time, posed a question to House managers and the defense lawyers for Trump about whether the trial would set a “new precedent.”

Rubio described a scenario that seemingly would apply to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“Voting to convict the former President would create a new precedent that a former official can be convicted and disqualified by the Senate. Therefore, is it not true that under this new precedent, a future House, facing partisan pressure to lock her up, could impeach a former Secretary of State and a future Senate be forced to put her on trial and potentially disqualify from any future office?”

The question went to both sides, with Democratic exasperation clear from Rep. Jamie Raskin.

“I don’t know how many times I can say it, the jurisdictional issue is over,” the Maryland Congressman said, adding that Trump was “impeached while in office.”

The “hypothetical has no bearing on this case,” Raskin added.

Rubio has been consistently opposed to the trial, and there was not a real scenario where his vote was going to flip. He has held that the trial was unconstitutional.

“Even assuming Congress did have the constitutional power to impeach and remove a former official, it shouldn’t, and here’s why. It’s the creation of a new political weapon that we will see used. We’ll regret creating that weapon. One day, it’ll be used by a Democratic Senate to disqualify a former cabinet member who wants to challenge a Democratic incumbent. And one day, it’ll be used by a former Republican, future Republican Senate to disqualify a Democratic Vice President from running for President,” Rubio predicted on the Hugh Hewitt Show Friday.

“We’ll regret creating that tool,” the Senator predicted.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


9 comments

  • Palmer Tom

    February 12, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    There is a matter of the existence of evidence. Rubio knows this. If the GOP had a case to impeach Hilary Clinton, they had ample opportunities to pursue it. This is just another chicken-hearted defense of Trump.

  • Frankie M

    February 12, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    If only 2016 Marco could meet 2021 Marco…its a good thing jurors don’t have to testify against themselves.

  • Sonja Fitch

    February 13, 2021 at 4:47 am

    Oh good god! Stfu little Marco. Evidence . Facts. Truth. Little Marco you are either an American or a damn traitor. So far little Marco you are a damn traitor! Vote Florida Democrat Blue in 2022!

  • Ocean Joe

    February 13, 2021 at 8:35 am

    If Little Marco really thinks Trump should be excused for January 6, then he’s going to need a boost to get back on that high horse about Venezuela and China.

  • James Robert Miles

    February 13, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Hey Marco, Hillary wasn’t and isn’t President, you F’ing idiot!!

  • Darlene Waters

    February 13, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Rubio looks like an alcohol syndrome baby, and every time he opens his mouth he sounds like he might actually have the brain damage that is associated with that condition.
    Whether an official can be impeached after they leave office is an irrelevant question since Velveeta Raccoon was still in office when he was impeached, both times.

  • Cathy Moore

    February 14, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Fuck Marco Rubio. He’s a disgusting POS and a terrible excuse for a human being 🤬

  • just sayin

    February 16, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Lots of vicious personal attacks, nobody addressing his actual point. Typical. And I bet half of you have “Love Trumps Hate” bumper stickers on your cars.

  • Sonja Fitch

    February 17, 2021 at 4:42 am

    Just saying you personally attacked me. So stfu. Just saying.

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