Susan Collins Sought To Remove Additional Journalists From Impeachment Trial
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) loudly expressed that she didn’t like where the press was seated in the impeachment trial to Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Thune (R-SD), and Thom Tillis (R-NC), according to Raw Story.
The Senate took a dinner break at 6:30 p.m. EST and RollCall reporter K. Tully-McManus tweeted that Collins wanted the press pushed back away from her.
“During the break, Sen. Susan Collins said loudly to Sens. Murkowski, Thune & Tillis that she would like the first row of the press gallery to be kept empty and that reporters should only be seated from the second row back, motioning to the sparse remaining press (myself included),” Tully-McManus tweeted.
“Collins made a motion that looked like she was leaning over, mimicking a hypothetical reporter leaning over the gallery balcony, a prohibited act that has been strictly enforced during the trial.”
“Collins sometimes speaks so softly that it is hard to hear her even when she is up close, but she made this comment loudly enough that it was heard by me from one story up (over the chatter of reporters around me and senators talking on the floor).”
It remains unclear what Collins is so bothered by that would be fixed by pushing reporters back less than 3 feet.