Rubio: Even If What Trump Has Done Is Impeachable, Removing Him Would Be Too Divisive For The Country

From Rubio’s statement published today on Medium:

As Manager Jerry Nadler (D-NY) reminded us Wednesday night, removal is not a punishment for a crime. Nor is removal supposed to be a way to hold Presidents accountable; that is what elections are for.

The sole purpose of this extraordinary power to remove the one person entrusted with all of the powers of an entire branch of government is to provide a last-resort remedy to protect the country. That is why Hamilton wrote that in these trials our decisions should be pursuing “the public good.”

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.

Determining which outcome is in the best interests requires a political judgment — one that takes into account both the severity of the wrongdoing alleged but also the impact removal would have on the nation.