On Tuesday, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), said she would vote for acquittal.
“Impeachment of a president should be reserved for conduct that poses such a serious threat to our governmental institutions as to warrant an extreme step of immediate removal from office. I do not believe that the House has met its burden in showing that the president’s conduct, however flawed, warrants the extreme step of removal from office.”
It was a moment when a Trump-critical member of Congress based a monumental decision on facts rather than feelings. As a result, Collins was despised by Democrats and praised by Republicans. It was a partisan response to a very measured action.
Collins may sometimes frustrate the Right with her anti-conservative tendencies, and the Left with her apparent loyalty to the GOP. But more than once, she has shown herself to be an impartial judge.
Her votes and explanations in the Kavanaugh confirmation and impeachment trial indicate how determined she is to follow the evidence—and that is commendable.
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