Senator Susan Collins said President Trump had learned a “pretty big lesson” from the impeachment trial, where she voted 12 times with Mitch McConnell to block key witnesses and evidence. Within hours, her explanation had backfired spectacularly and Senator Collins was forced to walk back her claim, saying, actually, it was “more aspirational” than anything else.
Now, as Trump “escalate[s] his campaign of retribution against his perceived impeachment enemies,” Senator Collins is scrambling to walk back that explanation too — directly contradicting herself by arguing that her act of election-year political expediency “wasn’t based on predicting his future behavior.”
Here’s how Senator Collins’ impeachment lesson is playing out:
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