Senator Susan Collins had the audacity to argue that the president "learned a lesson" from this impeachment debacle.
"I believe that the president has learned from this case," she said to CBS's Norah O'Donnell. "The president has been impeached. That's a pretty big lesson."
"He was impeached. And there has been criticism by both Republican and Democratic senators of his call," Collins continued, "I believe that he will be much more cautious in the future."
CBS NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) tells @NorahODonnell she will vote to acquit Pres. Trump in the Senate impeachment trial, adding that she believes "the president has learned from this case."
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) February 4, 2020
It really gets under my skin that Collins is supposed to be a Republican and yet she is acting just like a Democrat! I hope someone wipes that smug look off her face.
Collins told CBS News that Trump's impeachment by the House had chastened him, even though the president's acquittal by the Senate looks likely.
Collins added in the interview that the president's July 2019 conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was grounds for reprimand, as she believed Trump should not have mentioned his desire for a criminal investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden (D), but added that she did not believe the action fell into the realm of impeachable conduct.
"The president's call was wrong. He should not have mentioned Joe Biden in it, despite his overall concern about corruption in Ukraine," Collins addd, "The president of the United States should not be asking a foreign country to investigate a political rival. That is just improper. It was far from a perfect call."
"I'm sure there are going to be people unhappy with me in Maine. All I can do is apply the constitutional standard. And that's my job," she concluded, "My job is not to weigh the political consequences, but to do impartial justice to live up to the oath that I took."
Collins, who is up for reelection in 2020, was one of a few Republican senators Democrats saw as potential swing votes on the issue of calling witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial, as well as for the final vote.
I will say though, as much of a RINO as she is, I am pleasantly surprised to hear that she is planning to vote to acquit the president.
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