Dear Commons Community,
“I thought the president made a big mistake by asking China to get involved in investigating a political opponent,” said Maine’s Republican senator, Susan Collins.
Yesterday, she criticized President Donald Trump for urging China to investigate political rival Joe Biden, calling it “completely inappropriate.”
“I thought the president made a big mistake by asking China to get involved in investigating a political opponent,” Collins told the Bangor Daily News at a local event. “It’s completely inappropriate.”
Trump told reporters in front of the White House Thursday that “China should start an investigation” into Biden and his son. Hours later CNN reported that Trump had raised the political prospects of the former vice president and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — both Democratic presidential candidates — during a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping in June.
A similar phone call by Trump in July to Ukraine’s president to investigate Biden and his son — while withholding U.S. military funds — is now the focus of a formal impeachment inquiry.
Collins would not comment on evidence in the impeachment inquiry. But she said the process should be carried out with the “seriousness that any impeachment proceeding deserves.”
“Should the articles of impeachment come to the Senate — and right now I’m going to guess that they will — I will be acting as a juror as I did in the Clinton impeachment trial,” Collins said. Clinton was acquitted in 1999 on perjury and obstruction of justice concerning his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
Collins faces re-election in 2020 in a state that voted for Hillary Clinton for president.
She joins only two other Republican senators to date who have criticized Trump’s attempts to involve foreign governments in probing his political opponent.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) slammed Trump’s appeal to China Thursday.
“Americans don’t look to Chinese commies for the truth,” Sasse told the Omaha World-Herald. “If the Biden kid broke laws by selling his name to Beijing, that’s a matter for American courts, not communist tyrants running torture camps.”
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) attacked Trump invitation to Ukraine — and now to China — to interfere in American politics as “wrong and appalling.”
That makes a total of three Republican senators who have had the guts to criticize Trump!