Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Republican and Democratic leadership in the Senate should not weigh in on the pending impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
Collins, who has broken with the White House on issues in the past and is considered a swing vote, told Maine Public Radio on Tuesday that a potential framework for the coming Senate trial could be drawn from the impeachment trial of former President Clinton in the late 1990s.
But she said that before the trial starts, she believes it isnt appropriate to declare their intentions to vote to acquit or remove the president, who was impeached by House Democrats in mid-December for obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. Trump and a number of Republican lawmakers have denied the allegations.
“It is inappropriate, in my judgment, for senators on either side of the aisle to prejudge the evidence before they have heard what is presented to us, because the each of us will take an oath, an oath that I take very seriously, to render impartial justice,” Collins told Maine Public Radio.
Collins singled out Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is running for president, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who previously said he would work in tandem with the White House during the trial. Warren has said Trump should be impeached.
“I have heard Democrats like Elizabeth Warren saying that the president should be impeached, found guilty and removed from office. Ive heard the Senate majority leader saying that hes taking his cues from the White House. There are senators on both sides of the aisle, who, to me, are not giving the appearance of and the reality of judging thats in an impartial way,” she remarked.
The Epoch Times has reached out to Warren and McConnells office.
Her comments come about a week after Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told KTUU in Anchorage, Alaska, that she didnt view McConnells strategy as appropriate.
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