On Thursday, Washington Post correspondent Seung Min Kim reported that Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has suggested that it is “likely” she will vote to call additional witnesses after the initial impeachment case from the House is laid out in the Senate, saying that such information “would be helpful.”
New statement from @SenatorCollins: “While I need to hear the case argued and the questions answered, I tend to believe having additional information would be helpful. It is likely that I would support a motion to call witnesses at that point in the trial just as I did in 1999.”
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) January 16, 2020
Collins, who faces a tough re-election fight in November, was long considered one of the senators most likely to vote to allow witnesses, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appears eager to avoid so that the impeachment trial is wrapped up quickly. Democrats have pushed hard for members of the Trump administration to be called to testify, as the president blocked them from appearing during the House proceedings.