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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 FrankenHarrison seen as front-runner to take over DNC at crucial moment The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans The Hill's Morning Report - Fearing defeat, Trump claims 'illegal' ballots MORE (D-Minn.) criticized Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenators discussing Trump censure resolution Senate GOP signals it's likely to acquit Trump for second time Just five GOP senators vote Trump impeachment trial is constitutional MORE on Wednesday, saying that she and her fellow GOP lawmakers will let President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE "get away with anything" after the Maine Republican announced she wold vote to acquit Trump in his impeachment trial.

 
In her remarks on the Senate floor the day before, Collins said that Trump was "wrong" to bring up former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE in his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and "to ask a foreign country to investigate a political rival."
 
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 RomneyJust five GOP senators vote Trump impeachment trial is constitutional Senate committee advances Biden's DHS pick despite Republican pushback Press: The case against Citizen Trump 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.