Susan Collins Says She Would ‘Likely’ Vote to Hear from Impeachment Witnesses

Susan Collins Says She Would ‘Likely’ Vote to Hear from Impeachment Witnesses

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in a statement Thursday clarified how she would approach the issue of witness testimony during the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, citing the trial of President Bill Clinton as a guide.

“While I need to hear the case argued and the questions answered, I tend to believe having additional information would be helpful,” Collins said. “It is likely that I would support a motion to call witnesses at that point in the trial just as I did in 1999.”

Collins, Maine’s only Republican member of Congress, faces a tough reelection campaign and is viewed as a likely swing vote in the Senate, where the GOP holds a 53-47 edge.

“I have not made a decision on any particular witnesses,” Collins continued. “When we reach the appropriate point in the trial, I would like to hear from both sides about which witnesses, if any, they would like to call.”

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt is a writer and editor from New Hampshire whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Progressive, Slate and Areo Magazine, among other places. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from Boston University.