Never one to be accused of being a team player, Senator Susan Collins is once again siding with Dems with a key demand for President Trump’s Senate trial.
While Speaker Nancy Pelosi has sat on her two articles of impeachment over the holidays, Democrats and their surrogates have fanned out in the media to impugn the integrity of Mitch McConnell and to lobby for control over the next phase.
With multiple Dems hitting the Sunday morning shows to push the bogus narrative that the Senate Majority Leader has rigged the trial, they looking to call witnesses in order to shore up the shoddy case that the House sent over.
Leave it to Collins, an incorrigible narcissist and nominal Republican to create problems for McConnell and President Trump.
Despite McConnell’s expressed desire to quickly dispose of Pelosi, Nadler and Shiff’s garbage, Collins is serving as an inspiration to a cabal of Senate Never Trumpers with her adoption of the DNC talking points.
She is “open” to witnesses with a likely caveat – none of them will be the witnesses that President Trump wants to call.
Collins made her move during an interview with Maine Public Radio on Monday.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on Monday that she is “open” to calling witnesses as part of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump but stressed that it is still too early to decide who, if anyone, should be called. Collins — in separate interviews with Maine Public Radio and WCSH, a Maine TV station — said a decision on potential witnesses should wait until after opening arguments from both House impeachment managers and Trump’s team.
“I am open to witnesses. I think it’s premature to decide who should be called until we see the evidence that is presented and get the answers to the questions that we senators can submit through the Chief Justice to both sides,” Collins told Maine Public Radio when asked about calling acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney or former national security adviser John Bolton.
Collins said she thought Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) should look to the Clinton impeachment trial as a framework for their negotiations. Collins, one of the 15 senators in the chamber in 1999, said the Clinton agreement was “fair” and “thorough.”
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