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Tags: Donald Trump | Trump Impeachment | Ukraine | susan collins | gop | senate | trial

GOP Sen. Collins Won't Vote to Remove Trump

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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Tuesday, 04 February 2020 05:12 PM

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Tuesday on the Senate floor she intends to vote for acquittal of President Trump on Wednesday.

"I do not believe that the House has met its burden of showing that the president's conduct, however flawed, warrants the extreme step of immediate removal from office," Collins said.

Though Republicans control the Senate and there has never been an expectation of enough crossover votes to convict him, Collins was one of three potential GOP members who might vote against party. The others were Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Utah's Mitt Romney.

Murkowski has previously said she would vote for acquittal, leaving only Romney the possible tossup.

Trump was impeached on two charges: abuse of power for urging Ukraine to probe Hunter Biden and his son Hunter Biden, and obstructing Congress' investigation into the issue.

"It was wrong for President Trump to mention former Vice President Biden on that phone call and it was wrong for him to ask a foreign country to investigate a political rival," Collins said, but added that it did not constitute a criminal act.

"We should entrust to the people the most fundamental decision of a democracy, namely, who should lead their country," she said.

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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Tuesday on the Senate floor she intends to vote for acquittal of President Trump on Wednesday.
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2020-12-04
Tuesday, 04 February 2020 05:12 PM
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