Susan Collins finally speaks: Trump ‘made a big mistake’ by asking China to investigate Biden
Sen. Susan Collins (R-MN) — who’s offered tepid (at best) criticism of Donald Trump as she faces a 2020 election in a state that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 — criticized the president for inviting China to investigate political rival Joe Biden, calling the move “completely inappropriate.”
According to Bangor Daily News, Collins joined just two other Republican senators — Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) — in challenging the president’s remarks. Bangor Daily News described Collins as “unequivocal in her statements” after she spoke at a firefighters memorial service on Saturday.
“I thought the president made a big mistake by asking China to get involved in investigating a political opponent,” Collins told the Bangor Daily News. “It’s completely inappropriate.”
While she declined to comment on the specifics of an impeachment inquiry after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced a formal probe last month, Collins hoped the process “will be done with the seriousness that any impeachment proceeding deserves.”
“Should the articles of impeachment come to the Senate — and right now I’m going to guess that they will — I will be acting as a juror as I did in the Clinton impeachment trial,” Collins noted.
Collins won reelection in 2014 with 68 percent of the vote, but she faces a unique set of challenges in 2020 as Democrats hope to unseat her, in large part due to her deciding vote in favor of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. In June, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon announced her candidacy in a video that highlighted Collins’ support for Kavanaugh, accusing the Maine senator of “[putting] women’s control over their own health-care decisions in extreme jeopardy.”
At a closed fundraiser in California last week, Collins was applauded as “the hero of the Kavanaugh confirmation,” according to a leaked copy of the invitation.