Senate Democrats launch website hitting Collins on impeachment

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) launched a new website hitting Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds GOP senators say only a few Republicans will vote to convict Trump For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief MORE (R-Maine) over remarks she made during former President Clinton's impeachment trial in the late 1990s and questioning her statements about President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE's forthcoming impeachment trial in the Senate. 

The website, whatchangedsusan.com, takes aim at Collins's stance on the need for witness testimony during Clinton's trial, as well as a number of other factors. 

The Hill was the first outlet to report on the website, which is the DSCC's first impeachment-related accountability campaign. It is set to run throughout the impeachment process.


The news comes as Collins faces a tough reelection bid in 2020. The DSCC has thrown their support behind Maine state House Speaker Sara Gideon (D), who is considered the frontrunner in the state's Democratic primary. 

The senator's campaign spokesman, Kevin Kelley, hit Gideon over what he said was her avoidance of Maine news media. 

"Mainers might also welcome a site that explains where Sara Gideon stands on any issue since, for some reason, she seems to be avoiding Maine press," Kelley said. 

The site's first post highlights comments from Collins in 1999 in which she said she needed "witnesses and further evidence" in order for the Senate "to get to the truth" so it could carry out its "duty to do impartial justice." 

She ended up voting against Clinton's impeachment in the Senate in 1999, finding the president not guilty on both counts. 

Collins, along with fellow moderate Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump impeachment trial to begin week of Feb. 8 Murkowski didn't vote for Trump, won't join Democrats Trump impeachment article being sent to Senate Monday MORE (R-Alaska), sided with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden leans on Obama-era appointees on climate Kentucky Republican committee rejects resolution urging McConnell to condemn Trump impeachment Calls grow for 9/11-style panel to probe Capitol attack MORE's (R-Ky.) position that the Senate should follow the Clinton trial's precedent and defer until later in the process the question of calling additional witnesses.

The Maine senator said on Monday that the upper chamber should consider subpoenaing additional witnesses and documents after House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense present their opening arguments. 

“The process moved to a period during which the Senate debated and voted that three witnesses should be deposed. I believe that this process — the Clinton approach — worked well,” Collins told reporters.