AUGUSTA, Maine — Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says President Donald Trump spoke briefly about impeachment during a closed-door meeting with a group of GOP senators.
Trump met with Collins and seven other senators Thursday amid an impeachment inquiry in the House. Collins declined afterward to get into details but said the president didn’t ask anything of the group and that “no procedure was discussed.” Other topics included government funding bills and potential FDA regulations of vaping products and e-cigarettes as well as the impact of tariffs on Maine’s lobster industry
Collins, whose seat is expected to be one of the most expensive and competitive next year, has refused to comment on the impeachment hearings, citing her view that she will serve as a juror in the Senate trial, should the House vote that the president should be impeached. How her decision on impeachment affects her re-election — which she hasn’t formally announced — has been a topic of debate.
Collins has refrained from discussing the merits of the House investigation into whether Trump tried to get Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son. She’s said it would be improper to comment since she could be an impeachment juror.
Politico reported that Trump has been inviting Senate Republicans throughout the fall to talk about impeachment and other issues. Politico reported that the president also invited Utah U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney.
Romney has been more outspoken, calling it “wrong and appalling” for the president to ask foreign countries to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential 2020 opponent.