CNN Issues Brutal Fact Check of Susan Collins' Bizarrely Dismissive Comments About New Evidence Against Trump
Maine's senior Senator, Republican Susan Collins, trended on Twitter Wednesday.
But with the reason why, Collins' 2020 senatorial campaign probably wished she hadn't.
Senator Collins previously claimed she was open to new evidence and to witnesses for the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. But her response to actual new evidence presented earlier this week makes her prior words ring hollow.
When asked about the new, damning evidence from Lev Parnas regarding Trump, his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and other members of the Trump camp, Collins stated:
"I wonder why the House did not put that into the record, and it's only now being revealed."
After the source of the evidence and the fact it was unavailable previously was repeated to Collins, she responded:
"Well, doesn't that suggest that the House did an incomplete job then?"
Susan Collins throws cold water on new Lev Parnas evidence. “I wonder why the House did not put that into the recor… https://t.co/tfMeueTl0h— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju)1579117972.0
👋🏼Hey @SenatorCollins, Stop spewing @GOP talking points & look at the FACTS: -DOJ seized Parnas' phones etc. upo… https://t.co/OQfVJt8miW— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@Dena Grayson, MD, PhD)1579123342.0
@mkraju @Phil_Mattingly Middle of OJ Simpson trial: “We’ve found the knife! Blood all over it and OJ’s fingerprints… https://t.co/jarniwf2Ke— Norman Ornstein (@Norman Ornstein)1579125669.0
CNN decided to fact check Collins' objections to the evidence presented via Lev Parnas.
"Collins ignored critical context about Parnas' legal situation, which made it difficult for him to quickly comply with the House subpoena."
"Her comments suggest she is either confused, unaware of the relevant facts, or intentionally ignoring them to ding the Democrats."
"There is a reasonable explanation why the new material is only coming out now."
Parnas was arrested for campaign finance violations on October 9.
In September, former Trump attorney John Dowd served as Parnas' attorney. Dowd refused House Democrats' request for information from Parnas, calling it inappropriate.
As part of his arrest, those relevant documents Democrats requested and his electronic devices were seized. On the day after his request, a formal subpoena was issued to Parnas by the House.
A federal judge finally cleared Parnas to comply with the House request for documents and his electronic device records.
@mkraju @Phil_Mattingly The Parnas document dump happened yesterday and Susan Collins is blaming Democrats for not… https://t.co/Hl8AM07Oy3— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen)1579119331.0
@mkraju @Phil_Mattingly Susan Collin fails to master the basic facts before jumping to favorable conclusions and mo… https://t.co/ig0Qwa1c1y— Monty 🇺🇸Hamilton's Battery🇺🇸 Boa (@Monty 🇺🇸Hamilton's Battery🇺🇸 Boa)1579118872.0
@mkraju @Phil_Mattingly She cannot be dumb. The court just allowed them to be released. Surely she knows this.— Jennifer 'Vote Early' Rubin (@Jennifer 'Vote Early' Rubin)1579118588.0
Senator Collins is either unaware of what is happening around her, related to her job, or being deceitful in her response to the new evidence.
Neither played well with the public.
My point of no return with Susan Collins was Kavanaugh. But if that wasn't yours, this should be. Her reflexive res… https://t.co/BbBG8fCOme— ilyseh (@ilyseh)1579188274.0
Hey @SenatorCollins - May want fo take a note of this. https://t.co/PeS0QLMnJB— Neera -Vote Early- Tanden (@Neera -Vote Early- Tanden)1579178457.0
Susan Collins voted to put an alleged rapist on the Supreme Court. Stop acting shocked that she is horrible.— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski)1579183903.0
Especially considering Collins made the case for additional evidence when considering the trial of President Bill Clinton who was eventually acquitted.
Video of her asking for all relevant evidence, even if it was not part of the House impeachment process resurfaced online as a result.
This is devastating for Susan Collins. Please retweet. https://t.co/sdjATJZplE— Adam Parkhomenko (@Adam Parkhomenko)1579145159.0
House Judiciary today published an even lengthier trove of documents from Parnas, including text messages Parnas ex… https://t.co/dnnvuDJnwP— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju)1579139486.0
@mkraju @Phil_Mattingly When the issue is a woman being assaulted or threatened, you can always count on Susan Coll… https://t.co/gFaqrc7AtJ— Adam Parkhomenko (@Adam Parkhomenko)1579118206.0
This is not the first time Collins has said one thing while doing the opposite.
And many people pointed this out regarding her latest about face and potential future ones.
A report so damning Susan Collins will act like it doesn’t exist. https://t.co/a2BemITzz5— Molly Knight (@Molly Knight)1579188388.0
Photos of a truck that was reportedly parked in front of the home of author Stephen King in Bangor, Maine made the rounds on social media.
King's down the street neighbor is Senator Susan Collins.
In response to all the backlash, Senator Collins issued a response on Thursday claiming she had been misunderstood and mischaracterized.
But her response failed to change people's minds based on her prior comments.
One way Susan Collins can avoid being “mischaracterized” in the future is by not dismissing new evidence in the tri… https://t.co/5SDoa09jrk— Jon Favreau (@Jon Favreau)1579215672.0
After all, characterization is based on observable behaviors. And there is plenty of evidence of Collins doing whatever the GOP leadership tells her to do, regardless of what she said she would do.
Susan Collins is up for reelection in 2020. Her Democratic opponent will be decided in March during the Maine Democratic primaries. Currently, Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon and activist and political organizer Betsy Sweet are the Democratic frontrunners looking to challenge Collins in November.
It's official: @SenatorCollins is the most unpopular Senator in the country, followed by her buddy Mitch McConnell.… https://t.co/41utIBdj9m— Maine Democrats (@Maine Democrats)1579217384.0