Washington. (AFP). Republican Senator Susan Collins is again parachuting over another thorny political struggle in the United States, this time, the trial for the possible dismissal of President Donald Trump.
Collins is among the few legislators left in Congress whose vote can change surprisingly.
The senator periodically tries to make bipartisan agreements on hot topics, with a history of unequal success. She is running for a fifth term in the Senate, but the Democrats blame her for not having faced Trump strongly enough.RELATED
This time, the moderate Republican of Maine says she will probably support a motion to summon witnesses to testify in the process against Trump in the Senate, aligning with the Democrats. However, he has said that he will do so only after each party has argued his case.
He has also said that he has not decided whether he will look again for "a particular witness."
Graph on the possible scenarios that the impeachment process (or "impeachment") can bring against US President Donald Trump. (AFP)
It is the carefully analyzed positions like that (and its history of seeking bipartisan agreements that sometimes take off quickly and sometimes falter on important issues such as immigration) that have earned both respect and contempt. For example, she also joined Democrats trying to curb Trump's ability to attack Iran.
Collins, 67, has taken that approach for almost 24 years in the Senate, even at a time when the search for agreements has become increasingly scarce and politically dangerous in the Trump era, prone to retaliation.
The senator did it again last week, when she said she and three fellow Republicans had reached a compromise to call a vote on whether they should be called witnesses during the trial.
"She has been open to dialogue many times, when very few on the Republican side of the hall were," said Senator Richard Durbin, the second in the Democratic hierarchy in the Senate. But he added: "There have been times when my political heart has broken."
One of those moments, he said, was Collins's crucial vote that put Trump's nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, in the Supreme Court in 2018, despite accusations of sexual assault against him. That vote earned Collins the appreciation of conservatives, who had long been enraged by their moderate positions, but the enmity of the liberals who had approved their views on issues such as the right to abortion.
The reaction of Maine voters to their vote for Kavanaugh will help determine whether Collins wins a fifth six-year term in the November elections, in which he will also be elected president and in which Trump seeks re-election.