Republicans never stick together the way Democrats do and they proved it again on the first day of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate.
A group of 15 Republican senators, led by the queen of the RINOS (Republicans In Name Only). Maine Sen. Susan Collins pressured Senate Majority Leader and Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell to change the rules to help the Democrats.
The change gives both sides, the House impeachment managers and the president’s attorneys, three days to make their case rather than the original two.
It sounds fair on paper, but all it really does is stretch the trial out longer so Democrats can take more shots at the president, which is what they wanted.
“Senator Collins and others raised concerns about the 24 hours of opening statements in 2 days and the admission of the House transcript in the record. Her position has been that the trial should follow the Clinton model as much as possible. She thinks these changes are a significant improvement,” Annie Clark, Collin’s spokeswoman, said.
It also stops the arguments from continuing until 1 a.m. A key point for Democrats as they want high ratings as they attempt their character assassination of the president.
The push to expand the number of days allotted for the 24 hours of arguments given to each side was led by Collins and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.
But it also included at least 13 other Republicans, including some of the president’s closest allies like Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska, South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds and Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi.
And it would not be a surprise to anyone if we learned that Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski were in that pack.
“It appears Leader McConnell decided to go along with the president’s desire to cover up his wrongdoing,” New York Sen. Charles Schumer said earlier in the day when it appeared that the Democrat’s scheme had been defeated.
But Collins and her team of RINOs came to save the day for the Democrats, as they often do. And now she is set to help them again by demanding that witnesses be heard.
“As I said last week, while I need to hear the case argued and the questions answered, I anticipate that I would conclude that having additional information would be helpful. It is likely that I would support a motion to subpoena witnesses at that point in the trial just as I did in 1999,” she said.
She is the swamp and Republicans should get a true conservative to primary her.