Within a mere matter of hours, the Senate will be reconvening in Washington DC with a laser-like focus on one thing and one thing only: Impeachment.
The House of Representatives has passed two articles of impeachment against Donald J. Trump – one for abuse of power and another for obstruction of Congress. The actual articles have yet to be submitted to the Senate, however, thanks to an unprecedented power struggle between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The two don’t at all see eye-to-eye on how the coming trial should be conducted, with Pelosi’s posse hoping for a number of White House witnesses and McConnell’s crew insinuating that they’ve already made up their minds on the entire subject.
Now, one Republican defector has emerged in the ordeal, as Senator Susan Collins lashes out at McConnell’s preconceived notions regarding the President’s innocence.
Maine Sen. Susan Collins has become the second Republican to question the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s approach to the impeachment trial of President Trump, underscoring how a few GOP defections could upset Mr. McConnell’s control of the highly charged proceedings.
In an interview with Maine Public Radio, Ms. Collins said she was “open to witnesses” while the Republican leader from Kentucky wants a quick trial without witnesses.
Ms. Collins also criticized Mr. McConnell for saying that he was coordinating with the White House as it defends Mr. Trump against House-approved charges that he should be removed from office for abusing his power and obstructing Congress.
“I’ve heard the Senate majority leader saying that he’s taking his cues from the White House,” Ms. Collins said in the Monday interview. “There are senators on both sides of the aisle, who, to me, are not giving the appearance of and the reality of judging this in an impartial way.”
Just days ago Senator Lisa Murkowski, also a Republican, admitted that she was “disturbed” by McConnell’s overt bias in the case and called for others within the GOP to reexamine their own feelings on the subject.
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