On Saturday, another Republican senator has spoken out to criticize Donald Trump for reaching out to foreign leaders and pressuring them to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has joined three other GOP senators in criticizing Trump this week after he publicly asked the Chinese government to investigate Joe Biden during an interview with reporters earlier in the week.
The Maine senator was very clear where she stands on the subject. She made a statement after a firefighter’s memorial service in Augusta over the weekend.
“I thought the president made a big mistake by asking China to get involved in investigating a political opponent,” Collins said. “It’s completely inappropriate.”
She joins senators Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse and Joni Ernst in breaking with Donald Trump over his contact with foreign leaders.
Trump’s latest comments came just days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment probe into his July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine.
Collins added that she would not offer comment on the evidence, saying that not all of it is in yet. She also stated that she hoped the impeachment process “will be done with the seriousness that any impeachment proceeding deserves.”
The impeachment probe will have to pass the House before it moves on to be reviewed by Collins in the Senate. It is expected that the measure would pass with no issues in the House.
House Democrats have issued subpoenas to the White House. Those receiving subpoenas so far include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Donald trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
“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.
Collins also stated that she was concerned that U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, “misrepresented and misled people about what was in the transcript in the call,” joining Republican efforts to discredit the congressman.
On Monday, Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, called the allegation that the Chinese government business gave Biden’s son $1.5 billion “totally groundless.”
On Friday, Ukraine’s top prosecutor stated that he was currently looking into several cases related to the Bidens’ business dealings in the country, but added that he was not aware of any wrongdoing from either Biden.