President Donald Trump met with two of his Republican Senate critics on Thursday as he tries to bolster support amid a House impeachment probe of his actions regarding Ukraine.
As Politico noted, Trump was scheduled to host Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine for a working lunch. In the face of a Democrat-led impeachment effort, Trump has met with dozens of Senate Republicans to discuss myriad issues — including impeachment. He will need the backing of Republicans if the Senate is forced to hold an impeachment trial.
Collins' office confirmed to Newsmax after the publication of this story that the meeting took place, with communications director Annie Clark saying that impeachment talk was limited to a few comments by Trump at the beginning of the session.
"The primary topics were legislation to address the high cost of prescription drugs, potential FDA regulations of vaping products and e-cigarettes, and the government funding bills," Clark said.
Romney was a candidate to serve as Trump's secretary of state, but was ultimately passed over. He and Collins are not afraid to speak out against him.
The impeachment inquiry is focusing on whether Trump tried to use his office to force Ukraine to investigate his 2020 election rival Joe Biden. It also was reported that Trump asked China to investigate Biden, to which Collins said, "I thought the president made a big mistake by asking China to get involved in investigating a political opponent. It's completely inappropriate."
Romney called the transcript of a now infamous phone call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy "deeply troubling."
"I did read the transcript; it remains troubling in the extreme," Romney said in September after the transcript was made public.
Romney, Collins, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, were the three Republicans who declined to co-sponsor a resolution last month that condemned the House impeachment inquiry.
"I'm going to keep an open mind and I'm going to wait to make comments on any evidence," Romney said on Oct. 30. "I want to see the facts. In my view, it's time for me to stay silent on impeachment until the process is complete."
A majority vote in the House will move the impeachment measure to the Senate, which would then hold a trial. A two-thirds vote would convict Trump and result in his removal from office.
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