Trump Promptly Dismisses Collin’s Assertion That He’s “Learned” From Impeachment
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) was one of just two Senate Republicans who voted to allow new witnesses at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial and was one of several who admitted that what the president did was wrong.
However, Collins announced she would vote to acquit Trump anyway, saying his actions — which involved pressuring a foreign government to investigate his political opponent — did not rise to the level of impeachment.
Americans need not worry that the president will continue such inappropriate behavior, Collins insisted on Tuesday, because Trump has “learned” his lesson.
The senator told CBS: "I believe that the president has learned from this case. The president has been impeached. That's a pretty big lesson. I believe that he will be much more cautious in the future."
But no one gave that memo to the president, according to The Hill: “Asked about Collins's comment during a private lunch with news anchors ahead of the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Trump said that he'd done nothing wrong, The Washington Post reported, citing people familiar with the meeting.”
Trump reiterated his long-held stance that “It was a perfect call,” The Post reported, referring to his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he explicitly asked Zelensky to do him a “favor” by looking into former Vice President Joe Biden.
Collins has acknowledged that it was “wrong” for Trump to mention Biden in the call but said the House did not meet "burden of showing that the president's conduct, however flawed, warrants the extreme step of immediate removal from office."