My vote in this trial stems from my own oath and duty to defend the Constitution of the United States. The abuse of power and betrayal of his oath by President Trump meet the constitutional standard of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ and for those reasons I voted to convict Donald J. Trump.
Sen. Susan Collins is Maine’s senior senator, and one of the longest serving Senators in Maine’s history. She was one of the first and most vocal congressional Republicans to acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory, wasting no time in calling him “President-elect” and stating, “he loves this country, and I wish him every success.” As some of her craven colleagues went along with Trump’s efforts to smear the election as fraudulent, she spoke out, stating that such efforts “undermine the public’s faith in our election results.”
On Jan. 6, she voted to certify the Electoral College votes from every state and condemned President Trump for his role in the Capitol attack, stating “The president does bear responsibility for working up the crowd and inciting this mob. It was completely irresponsible.” On Jan. 26 she voted against a motion that would have declared Trump’s Senate trial unconstitutional. On February 13th, Sen. Collins honored her own oath of office and voted to convict Trump on the Article of Impeachment.