Senator Susan Collins has signaled she is likely to side with Democrats on calling witnesses during the Trump impeachment trial
Collins is considered a key swing vote and her vote has implications beyond her own.
Collins’s no vote resulted in the failure of the skinny repeal of Obamacare.
Her “yes” vote on Kavanaugh likely allowed him to be confirmed and was reoirted to influence the votes of others including Senator Joe Manchin.
Mitt Romney has also made it known he would like to hear from John Bolton.
TheHill reports Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on Thursday that it’s “likely” she would support calling witnesses after the initial phase of the impeachment trial but has not yet made a decision on any particular individual.
“While I need to hear the case argued and the questions answered, I tend to believe having additional information would be helpful. It is likely that I would support a motion to call witnesses at that point in the trial just as I did in 1999,” Collins said in a statement, referring to the Clinton impeachment trial.
Collins is viewed as a crucial swing vote in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, particularly on the procedural fights over whether additional witnesses should be called or whether documents should be handed over.
The rules resolution, which has not yet been unveiled, is expected to include a built-in vote after opening arguments and questions from senators on whether additional evidence is needed.
Collins, who is seen as one of the most vulnerable senators ahead of her reelection in 2020, worked to get that language included in the resolution.
Democrats need four Republicans to support their request for witnesses. So far, only Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has said that he wants to hear from former national security adviser John Bolton.
Collins said in her statement that she has not made a decision on calling any particular individual.
“When we reach the appropriate point in the trial, I would like to hear from both sides about which witnesses, if any, they would like to call,” Collins said.