U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is once again under fire, this time for discounting and dismissing just-revealed threats to then-Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. The House of Representatives was just given intensely disturbing texts from indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, which allegedly show him and a Trump donor now running for Congress.
Those texts are being described as threats to Yovanovitch. Some are saying they appear to be threats to her security, illegal surveillance, and even possible discussion of a "hit job" against her.
Many believe the new evidence should be incorporated into President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial.
Collins pooh-poohed the revelations.
“I wonder why the House did not put that into the record and it’s only now being revealed,” she said, according to CNN's Manu Raju, who described Collins' response as throwing "cold water" on the new evidence.
He adds that when she was told the new information was just handed to the House, she said: “well doesn’t that suggest that the House did an incomplete job then?”
This sums up what some are saying:
The Parnas document dump happened yesterday and Susan Collins is blaming Democrats for not including it in their im… https://t.co/GwggfoOSTo— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen)1579119368.0
Many are furious with the Maine Republican who is facing a challenging Senate re-election bid.
Yet another reason why it was Susan Collins, more than Trump, who convinced me the GOP was dead and should be drive… https://t.co/EKRij3Qdw7— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1579122404.0
Collins here previewing the Republican plan to stick fingers in ears and scream LALALALA through the presentation o… https://t.co/ER0J28rdOb— Brian Beutler (@Brian Beutler)1579122205.0
Collins is uninterested in evidence about the monitoring and threats against a U.S. ambassador. Collins apparently… https://t.co/vmWCVm4LZE— Judd Legum (@Judd Legum)1579119118.0
The Collins logic is that the more incrimating evidence emerges the more innocent Trump becomes. https://t.co/WZPPleeX3W— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall)1579125056.0
Here's the context that Collins is ignoring: DOJ seized Parnas' phones and other materials when he was arrested in… https://t.co/kLvuUrHxQG— Marshall Cohen (@Marshall Cohen)1579118128.0
The original reason these gentlemen didn’t turn over evidence was their lawyer’s claim that they were ***part of th… https://t.co/8A24w8I4k3— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1579118781.0
After all, it's an old rule of criminal procedure that a defendant cannot be convicted based upon additional eviden… https://t.co/vlKLg42iWK— Steve Vladeck (@Steve Vladeck)1579119569.0
She's got to go. Just a cog in the Trumpist machine. https://t.co/GMXhcX9HA2— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf)1579118273.0
This is like watching @SenatorCollins on #Kavanaugh all over again, occasional feints toward independence that don'… https://t.co/i5TRzQxC1h— Ronald Brownstein (@Ronald Brownstein)1579123325.0