GOP's Susan Collins 'open to witnesses' in Trump's Senate impeachment trial
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Republican Rep. Doug Collins apologized for claiming thatwere “in love with terrorists” amid heightened tensions with saying Friday he does not actually believe that.
“Let me be clear: I do not believe Democrats are in love with terrorists, and I apologize for what I said earlier this week,” Collins, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee,.
‘We Need to Take This Very Seriously’: GOP Sen. Collins of Maine Talks Trump Impeachment
One of the big political questions from last year has lingered into the new year – will President Trump be impeached by the Senate? Republican Maine Senator Susan Collins, who could be a swing vote in a Senate impeachment trial, is now speaking out about how she wants to see the process of an impeachment trial handled. “We need to take this very seriously,” the senator said in an interview with NBC affiliate NEWS CENTER Maine. Overall, Collins says she wants to see a similar process to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial in 1999, which she called “fair” and “thorough.” Maine’s senior senator is worried elements of the impeachment debate thus far are too partisan.
Collins, R-Ga., was referring to comments he made Wednesday night after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., scheduled a
“They are in love with terrorists,” Collins said Wednesday on Fox Business Network’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” “We see that they mourn [Gen. Qassem] Soleimani more than they mourn our Gold Star families who are the ones who suffered under Soleimani. That’s a problem.”
But after harsh criticism, Collins sent a series of tweets walking back his remark.
“The comment I made on Wednesday evening was in response to a question about the War Powers Resolution being introduced in the House and House Democrats’ attempt to limit the president’s authority,” he explained.
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“As someone who served in Iraq in 2008, I witnessed firsthand the brutal death of countless soldiers who were torn to shreds by this vicious terrorist,” he continued. “Soleimani was nothing less than an evil mastermind who viciously killed and wounded thousands of Americans.”
“These images will live with me for the rest of my life, but that does not excuse my response on Wednesday evening,” he said. “I remain committed to working with my colleagues in Congress and with my fellow citizens to keep all Americans safe.”
The House voted this week to approve a War Powers Resolution, mostly along party lines, to limit Trump's military action amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
The resolution is non-binding but is meant to reassert congressional authority and rebuke Trump’s decision to take out Soleimani in a drone strike last Friday while he traveled to an airport in Baghdad, Iraq. Trump did not consult with congressional leaders ahead of the attack that killed the Iranian military leader and afterward sent Congress a notification explaining the rationale but kept it classified.
Duckworth slams Collins's comments: 'I left parts of my body in Iraq fighting terrorists'
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a former Army lieutenant colonel who lost both her legs in Iraq, ripped Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) Thursday for comments he made the day before that Democrats are "in love with terrorists.""I'm not going to dignify that with a response. I left parts of my body in Iraq fighting terrorists. I don't need to justify myself to anyone," Duckworth said on "CNN Right Now."Collins made the remark on Fox Business's "Lou"I'm not going to dignify that with a response. I left parts of my body in Iraq fighting terrorists. I don't need to justify myself to anyone," Duckworth said on "CNN Right Now.
The resolution “requires the president to consult with Congress 'in every possible instance' before introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities."
The measure also aimed to handcuff Trump when it comes to future strikes.
The resolution was widely panned by Republican lawmakers in the House, who called the measure a political move against the president and accused Democrats of empowering Iran by condemning the White House’s airstrike.
“For the party that claims they care about the Constitution, Democrats might want to brush up on their facts,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. “If they did, they’d realize their actions today are shameful and are embarrassing even by the low standards they set in their impeachment inquiry.”
Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Poll shows Collins displaces McConnell as most unpopular senator .
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who has come under mounting pressure as President Trump's impeachment trial starts, is now the Senate's most unpopular member, displacing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the rankings, according to a new tracking poll. © Greg Nash Poll shows Collins displaces McConnell as most unpopular senator A quarterly Morning Consult tracking poll finds that Collins's net approval rating has dropped 10 points in her state since the end of September, a sign of the intense fire she has taken from critics since the House launched its impeachment inquiry.