Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who is seen as a key vote in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial, decided to distance herself from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his coordination with Donald Trump’s legal team.
Collins told reporters on Monday that she has not made up her mind up on impeachment as her Republican colleagues have.
Collins has maintained since the launch of the formal House impeachment inquiry that she takes her role as juror very seriously and has held back from commenting on various developments out of an abundance of caution.
The Maine Senator also said that McConnell’s plan to coordinate with Trump “would not be the approach that I’ve taken.”
“The only people I’ve consulted with thus far are experts from the Congressional Research Service,” she added. “I sat down with them for a session last week.”
The moderate Republican senator made her comments in response to a question about McConnell’s remarks in an interview with Fox News channel host Sean Hannity. McConnell told Hannity that he is in lockstep with the White House on trial strategy.
“Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with the White House counsel,” he said. “There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this to the extent that we can.”