Susan Collins Is Very Upset That Democrats Are Looking To Unseat Her
Maine Senator Susan Collins showed clear disdain for Democratic efforts to unseat her in the upcoming general election, telling Politico this week that those efforts involve “telling lies” about her to her constituents.
“I don’t think Chuck Schumer is very interested in my opinion since he’s just launched a website in Maine and just committed an additional $700,000 in additional negative advertising from the Majority Forward PAC,” Collins said. “I don’t think he’s really very interested in doing anything but trying to defeat me by telling lies to the people of Maine. And you can quote me on that.”
The senator’s comments came after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell concluded a final whip count laying out the path to move forward on President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial without input from Democrats, Politico noted.
The trial will follow rules set out during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial in 1999, which does not agree to call witnesses from the outset but allows for a Senate vote on the matter following opening arguments.
Schumer has loudly and consistently called for allowing new witness testimony at the trial, specifically for hearing from acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, Mulvaney’s senior adviser Robert Blair, and Associate Director for National Security at the Office of Management and Budget Michael Duffey.
Though McConnell has succeeded in keeping his caucus in step, Schumer warned that the American people will be watching.
“Make no mistake: On the question of witnesses and documents, Republicans may run, but they can’t hide,” the New York Democrat said. “There will be votes at the beginning [of the trial] on whether to call the four witnesses we’ve proposed and subpoena the documents we’ve identified. America, and the eyes of history, will be watching what my Republican colleagues do.”
Collins, along with fellow moderates Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah, initially bristled at McConnell’s openness about coordinating with the White House on impeachment. But ultimately all three fell in line with the Majority Leader’s plan.