Activists in Portland Wednesday called on U.S. Republican Sen. Susan Collins to support calling witnesses in President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial.
“Senator Susan Collins should call for a fair trial and urge other Republican Senators to allow witnesses to testify,” said attorney and former UMaine Law Professor Nancy Wanderer. “Like Margaret Chase Smith before her, a Maine senator should lead the way.”
At the Portland City Hall event organized by Mainers for Accountable Leadership with support from MoveOn, Wanderer said that the impeachment trial should reflect impartial consideration, not partisan politics.
“This cannot happen without the introduction of relevant documents and the testimony of people who have first hand knowledge of what transpired. We are counting on Susan Collins and at least three other Republican senators to make that happen.”
Following the press event, participants made their way to Collin’s Portland office to deliver petitions.
Collins' office issued a written statement Tuesday saying that she’s likely to support witnesses and joined with several other GOP senators to secure language locking in an up-or-down vote on subpoenas. Updated 5:00 p.m. Jan 29, 2020 with Collins' statement.