On Monday, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said that she is “open” to calling witnesses at the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Democrats, however, appear to be skeptical of Collins’ motives because she voted to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
In order for Democrats to be able to overcome Republican objections and call witnesses at Trump’s impeachment trial, they’ll need at least four moderate Republicans to defect on procedural votes. Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has already said she is “disturbed” by McConnell’s one-sided plan for the trial, and Senator Collins appears to be possibly leaning in that direction, reported Mediaite.
Senator Susan Collins told Maine Public Radio on Monday that she’s “open” to calling witnesses like Trump Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
“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,” she said.
The Maine Senator disappointed many Democrats though when she created similar suspense giving Republicans the 51-49 edge needed to push the confirmation process of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
One of Senator Collins’ constituents, author Stephen King, warned Democrats that the Maine Senator is likely, in the end, to do whatever Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wants her to do, ultimately upsetting liberals. (Continued Below)
Stephen King took to Twitter Tuesday to say: “Susan Collins, our wishy-washy Senator, says she’s ‘open’ to impeachment witnesses.”
“This sort of coy wave toward bipartisanism is how she rolls. When the chips are down, watch her fall in line behind Moscow Mitch,” he added.
Charles Finch, another liberal writer, voiced his distrust with Senator Collins, writing on Twitter, “Good for you Susan, get out of my face.” (Video Below)
Stephen King’s official tweet:
Susan Collins, our wishy-washy Senator, says she's "open" to impeachment witnesses. This sort of coy wave toward bipartisanism is how she rolls. When the chips are down, watch her fall in line behind Moscow Mitch.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 31, 2019
Good for you Susan, get out of my face https://t.co/Xy6jhYYO96
— Charles Finch (@CharlesFinch) December 31, 2019
MSNBC contributor, Kurt Bardella, also admitted his fear with Senator Collins on Tuesday.
“I feel like we’ve seen this play before, where there are Republicans who might say they’re concerned or disappointed about process. But at the end of the day, as we saw with the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, she ended up voting for the guy,” he said.
At this point, rhetoric really doesn’t mean a whole lot, it’s what are you prepared to do on the record. How are you willing to cast your vote and actually take action?” Bardella asked.
My take on @SenatorCollins reported "concerns" with @senatemajldr #impeachment via @MSNBC @KatyTurNBC – "I feel like we’ve seen this play before…as we saw with the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation…rhetoric really doesn’t mean a whole lot, it’s what are you prepared to do…" pic.twitter.com/YS97CjPYg9
— Kurt Bardella (@kurtbardella) December 31, 2019
On the flip side, Mark Levin, slammed Senator Susan Collins calling her “predictably pathetic”.
“Is she open to the phony whistleblower or Hunter Biden? Adam Schiff or his staffer?” Levin wondered.
Susan Collins predictably pathetic; she’s open to witnesses. Is she open to the phony whistleblower or Hunter Biden? Adam Schiff or his staffer?https://t.co/EqtZNbehSH
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) January 1, 2020