Legal scholars, including members of conservative federalist society, have made this disqualification argument, countering Republicans who say impeaching Trump after he leaves office would be unconstitutional. Scholars written in a letter Thursday that the constitution’s impeachment power should be extended to former public servants who might attempt to run for office.
Senate Democrats are expected to vote to condemn Trump, arguing he instigated deadly violence after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol on January 6. But at least 17 Republicans should join all Democrats for Trump to be convicted, and GOP senators recently united around an attempt to close the impeachment trial.
Rubio echoed this argument on “Fox News Sunday”, saying the impeachment trial is “counterproductive” and “will continue to fuel those divisions that have crippled the country.”
“The first chance I get to vote to end this trial, I will, because I think it’s really bad for America,” he said.