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Rubio: Trump impeachment trial is 'stupid'

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal Rising violent crime poses new challenge for White House MORE (R-Fla.) said Sunday that he would vote to dismiss the article of impeachment against former President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE at the earliest opportunity, calling the upcoming Senate trial detrimental to national unity.

“I think the trial is stupid,” Rubio said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We already have a flaming fire in this country,” he added, saying the trial would be “a bunch of gasoline.”

“The first chance I get to vote to end this trial I’ll do it,” the Florida senator told Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChuck Todd reluctant to 'ban' election deniers from 'Meet the Press' Sunday shows - Biden foreign policy in focus Pompeo defends Trump on Russia in Chris Wallace interview MORE.

Rubio went on to say that then-President Ford’s pardon of former President Nixon after his resignation was “in hindsight important” for “moving the country forward” despite widespread consensus that Nixon had committed criminal offenses.

“I think [Trump is] entitled to due process,” Rubio added. “The House doesn’t have much of a record of witnesses because they rammed it through very quickly … I think this is going to be very bad for the country.”

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOvernight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Flaming shipwreck wreaks havoc on annual sea turtle migration Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal MORE (R-Utah) earlier in the show pushed back on claims that convicting a former president was unconstitutional, saying the “preponderance of opinion” allowed for such a conviction. Romney was the only Republican to vote for conviction in the president’s early 2020 impeachment trial.

Wallace went on to ask Rubio, who is up for reelection in 2022, about rumors that former White House adviser Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpNYC voters set to decide Vance's replacement amid Trump probe Ukraine sanctions two businessmen tied to Giuliani Michael Cohen predicts Trump will turn on family after revelation of criminal probe MORE is considering a primary challenge for the Senate seat.

“I don’t really get into the parlor games of Washington,” Rubio said. 

“I don’t own the Senate seat, it doesn’t belong to me," he added. "If I want to be back in the U.S Senate, I have to earn that every six years.”