Democratic group plans mobile billboard targeting Collins on impeachment

Democratic group plans mobile billboard targeting Collins on impeachment
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A Democratic super PAC plans to use a mobile billboard to target Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsErnst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Toward 'Super Tuesday' — momentum, money and delegates MORE (R-Maine) when the impeachment trial kicks off in earnest next week in the Senate.

The Party Majority PAC is raising money to have the billboard stationed near the Senate office buildings in Washington, D.C., starting Tuesday, with the truck broadcasting remarks that Collins made during President Clinton's impeachment trial in 1999.

"I think we'll have the funding for the truck in the next hour," Adam Parkhomenko, a Democratic strategist, told The Hill on Thursday afternoon. "Our plan is to have the truck running on Tuesday for as long as we can."

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Parkhomenko posted a video on Twitter of Collins calling for "more evidence" and "witnesses" during the Clinton trial, with the GOP senator saying it was needed to "get to the truth" and to answer the Senate's "duty to do impartial justice."

The GOP senator delivered the remarks in January 1999, when the Senate was debating whether to introduce new witnesses and evidence during Clinton's trial in the upper chamber.

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Collins, a potential swing vote in the Senate trial involving President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE, challenged Democrats on Wednesday for releasing newly obtained documents on the eve of the trial.

The senator suggested that House lawmakers "did an incomplete job" by only recently releasing the materials from Soviet-born businessman Lev Parnes.

"I do think that, as I said, it's important that we have an up-or-down vote on the issue of subpoenaing witnesses and documents," Collins said.

Parnas, a former associate of Trump's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiWe should listen to John Bolton The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength MORE, has said Trump was aware of efforts in Ukraine to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders HuffPost reporter: Sanders could win plurality of delegates but lose nomination Meghan McCain to Joy Behar: 'You guys have done a piss-poor job of convincing me that I should vote for a Democrat' MORE, a political opponent.

Trump on Thursday denied having spoken with Parnas.

If the Democratic super PAC's fundraiser is successful, a billboard truck will be stationed near the Senate offices blasting clips of Collins asking for witness testimonies against Clinton.

The truck is part of Democrats' efforts to push the GOP to have witnesses for the Senate trial, demands that Republicans have so far rebuffed.

In addition to the Clinton trial footage, Parkhomenko mentioned that he would like to show older footage, such as the confirmation of Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughA disgraced Senate and president have no business confirming judges Manchin not ruling out endorsing Trump reelection Impeachment fallout threatens to upend battle for Senate MORE and other remarks from Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham warned Pentagon chief about consequences of Africa policy: report Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony US defense chief says Taliban deal 'looks very promising' but not without risk MORE (R-S.C.) calling for the trial to be completed quickly.