It’s clear Mitch McConnell’s plan for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is to hold it according to precedent. That means he wants to expedite it and have no witnesses.
But it turns out a GOP senator is doing backroom deals to thwart the plan and stab McConnell in the back.
Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, told the Washington Examiner that she is working with “some of my Republican colleagues,” as well as party leaders, “to reach an agreement on how to proceed with the trial that will allow the opportunity for witnesses for both the House managers and the president’s counsel if they choose to do so.”
McConnell has stated that the official vote whether to have witnesses will be held once the official trial starts. But the Senate cannot hold the trial until Nancy Pelosi stops the delay and sends the articles of impeachment to the Senate.
Collins’ backroom dealing isn’t just an affront to McConnell’s leadership, but also runs against President Trump’s stated goal for the trial. Trump has gone so far as to threaten the use of executive power to keep certain witnesses from testifying.
It’s obvious the radical left is exploiting the impeachment in an effort to smear Trump and derail his 2020 campaign. Sen. Collins’ actions, if they continue, could amount to contributing to their nefarious goals.