Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, "likely" would support calling additional witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the senator said in a statement Thursday evening.
“From the outset, I have said that we should follow the model that we used with [former President Bill Clinton’s] impeachment trial,” Collins wrote in a press release.
“At the conclusion of that phase of the 1999 trial, the Senate voted on a motion to subpoena witnesses and admit additional materials after the case had been heard and the questions had been posed. I voted in favor of that motion subpoenaing witnesses,” she continued.
“For this trial, as was done in 1999, both sides should have the opportunity to state their case and the Senators should have the opportunity to pose questions. Then, the Senate should have an up-or-down-vote on whether to subpoena witnesses and documents.”
Three witnesses testified in the Clinton impeachment trial, sitting down for taped depositions that were conducted by the House managers, after Democrats and Republicans reached a compromise.
"While I need to hear the case argued and the questions answered, I tend to believe having additional information would be helpful. It is likely that I would support a motion to call witnesses at that point in the trial just as I did in 1999," Collins wrote on Thursday.
"Prior to hearing the statement of the case and the Senators asking questions, I will not support any attempts by either side to subpoena documents or witnesses. Instead, that issue should be addressed at the same point that it was in the 1999 trial."
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