Susan Collins says she is 'open to witnesses' in impeachment trial

Sen. Susan Collins said that she is “open to witnesses” in the forthcoming Senate impeachment trial and criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for working closely with the White House. “I think it’s premature to decide who should be called until we see the evidence that is presented and get the answers to the questions that we senators can submit through the Chief Justice to both sides,” Collins told Maine Public Radio on Monday. The Maine Republican’s remarks on witnesses comes as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) remain at an impasse over the terms of the Senate impeachment trial. Schumer has called for acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. Democrats are hoping that Republicans like Collins will back their demands.But Republicans in recent weeks have favored deciding on witnesses later after

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