Al Franken blasts Susan Collins: She'll let Trump 'get away with anything'

Al Franken blasts Susan Collins: She'll let Trump 'get away with anything'
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Former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenTina Smith wins Democratic Senate primary in Minnesota Poll: Tina Smith's lead over probable GOP challenger within margin of error in Minnesota Senate race CNN publishes first Al Franken op-ed since resignation MORE (D-Minn.) criticized Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsProgressive Jewish group endorses Biden Poll: Gideon leads Collins by 8 points in Maine Senate race The Hill's 12:30 Report - Speculation over Biden's running mate announcement MORE on Wednesday, saying that she and her fellow GOP lawmakers will let President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE "get away with anything" after the Maine Republican announced she wold vote to acquit Trump in his impeachment trial.

But, she argued, the House failed to meet "its burden of showing that the president's conduct, however flawed, warrants the extreme step of immediate removal from office."
Collins was one of two GOP senators who voted to allow additional witnesses in the Senate trial last week, the other being Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump Trump slams 'rogue' Sasse after criticism of executive actions MORE (Utah). The measure failed, however, setting a final trial vote for Wednesday.

"I believe that the president has learned from this case," Collins said in a Tuesday CBS interview. "The president has been impeached. That's a pretty big lesson. I believe that he will be much more cautious in the future."

Franken resigned from Congress in late 2017 amid allegations of sexual misconduct from multiple women.