WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maine’s senior senator says it’s time for politicians to move forward and embrace more polite behavior.
Republican Senator Susan Collins spoke on the telephone a few hours before members of the U.S. Senate voted to acquit the president on the articles of impeachment, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Tuesday afternoon, Collins announced her plans to vote to acquit the president on both charges.
She said during Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech, there was bad behavior on both sides.
“I was disappointed when the Speaker of the House chose to rip up his remarks while she was still on camera last night,” said Collins. “And I was disappointed when the president appeared not to shake the speaker’s hand, although it was a little unclear whether he saw that it was extended to him.”
Collins said since she announced her plans to vote for acquittal of the president, two-thirds of the calls from constituents have been positive.