When Donald Trump first took office in January of 2017, Maine’s Susan Collins was seen as a moderate Republican who may often oppose him. And at times, he did. Collins was one of three Republican senators (with John McCain (AZ) and Lisa Murkowski (AK)) who voted against the President’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Since that moment, though, Collins has voted with Trump more often than not, including a yes vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (Murkowski was the only Republican no). Today in Washington, Collins and 8 other senators had lunch with President Donald Trump.
Collins, who is in a tough race to keep her seat in Maine, was seen as someone who could potentially vote against Trump in an impeachment trial.
The Maine senator had remained tight lipped on her Trump stance. In September, Collins told reporters that she, “has yet to comment publicly on impeachment and has cited her role as a potential ‘juror’ in a Senate trial as grounds for “not commenting on the House proceedings.
This stance, though, did not keep her from having lunch with the person who would be the defendant if she were to become a juror.
Collins said the meeting as all about helping those in her home state. She said in a statement, “During the meeting, both (Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa) and I urged the president to support a number of bills we’ve written that would help lower the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. I also brought up the unjustified increases in the cost of insulin, which was first isolated nearly a century ago.”
Collins has yet to discuss the impeachment inquiry with the press.