Sen. Marco Rubio Tuesday slammed the continued impeachment inquiry in the House about being a "political exercise" and pointed out that voters didn't send representatives to Congress to impeach President Donald Trump.
"A significant number of members of the House were looking to impeach the president, some before he was even sworn in," the Florida Republican, who campaigned against Trump for the nomination in 2016, told Fox News' "Fox and Friends."
"You start to lose credibility when you made up your mind about this back in November 2016 because you didn't like the results of the election."
Lawmakers, said Rubio, were sent to Washington to fight about drug prices, deal with China, and to grow the economy, but "they won't pass an appropriations bill we need to get done, which is important for long-term planning."
Democrats, particularly in swing states, also will need to answer about the Trump impeachment process when they go home to seek votes for next November's election, said Rubio.
Also on Tuesday, Rubio defended the president's strong words about the military raid that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the weekend.
"Al-Baghdadi was not just a terror leader, this guy was a degenerate," said Rubio. "He was a sociopath. He was a rapist. He held people in prison. He had people executed...we forget, this guy was a horrible, awful human being. I actually think he had too much mercy on his death, despite the nature of that raid."
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