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Senator Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSusan Collins says she is open to summoning witnesses against the Senate. Navy suggests cutbacks in construction, decommissioning of ships, and cutbacks in the fleet target. Senate GOP wants quick acquittal of Trump. MORE (R-Maine) criticizes both Senate majority leaders, Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer again calls witnesses to testify in the impeachment process after Susan Collins called the Senate impeachment process.) And Democrats who advocated that Debated and said senators should not “anticipate” the evidence.

“I feel it is inappropriate for senators on both sides of the aisle to anticipate the evidence before hearing what is presented to us because each of us will take an oath, an oath that I take very seriously, impartial justice,” Collins told Maine Public Radio, asking about McConnell’s commitment to coordinate with the White House.

Collins highlighted both McConnell and Senator Elizabeth Warren. Elizabeth Ann WarrenButtigieg said he did not want his son to serve on the Ukrainian board of classroom MORE (D-Mass.), Who is running for nomination for the Democratic president, as two senators who made comments that raised questions about their ability to be impartial during the Senate process.

“I’ve heard Democrats like Elizabeth Warren say that the president should be charged, found guilty, and removed from office. I’ve heard the Senate majority leader say he gets his clues from the White House. There are senators on both sides of the gang, which for me does not give the appearance and reality of the judgment, which is impartial, “she said.

Collins, who is seen as a key vote in the upcoming impeachment process, is the second Republican senator to have raised concerns about McConnell’s statements last week.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSen. Kennedy defends McConnell for working with the president during the impeachment process. Scalise in impeachment proceedings: Pelosi can run for the Senate if she wants to become Senator was “disrupted” by the GOP leader’s promise of “total coordination”.

McConnell has worked closely with President Trump. Donald John TrumpSchumer again calls witnesses to testify after impeachment after Tulsi Gabbard of Game Changer reported: “Impeachment has” greatly increased the likelihood of Trump being re-elected and GOP reports that Susan Collins will retake the house. ” She called to call MORE witnesses in the Senate impeachment process while planning the party’s impeachment strategy, saying during an interview with Fox News earlier this month that he would be in “total coordination” with the White House, and told reporters during a separate press conference that he was “not an impartial judge” in the upcoming trial.

The statements have pleased the bipartisan GOP leader from lawmakers, although his allies quickly noticed that some Democrats have already indicated that they believe Trump should be removed from office.

Collins’ remarks on Monday’s Maine radio station are another departure from McConnell’s rhetoric. She initially told reporters in Washington that McConnell’s commitment to coordinate “would not be the approach I took.”

Democrats hope to wedge potential swing Republicans like Collins and Murkowski and McConnell to win four GOP senators for their calls for witnesses and documents.

Collins told the Maine radio that it was “open” to witnesses, but also seemed to support McConnell’s structure. He said that a decision on who, if anyone should testify, should wait until both sides made their opening arguments.

Collins pointed out the impeachment proceedings against former President Clinton as a possible framework for the Trump proceedings. In 1999, the Senate passed a 100-0 vote that determined the trial process, and then adopted a second party-political decision to remove three public witnesses.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer Repeatedly Calls for Testimony to Testify in Impeachment Proceedings Following Giuliani’s Report on iPhone Data and Document Submission to the House Committee Hanukkah (DN.Y.) said he wanted the At the beginning of the trial, the Senate makes a decision that deals with both the trial and an agreement on certain witnesses.