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 FrankenFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Al Franken on another Senate run: 'I'm keeping my options open' Andrew Cuomo and the death of shame MORE (D-Minn.) criticized Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell gets GOP wake-up call Republicans are today's Dixiecrats Biden's push for unity collides with entrenched partisanship MORE on Wednesday, saying that she and her fellow GOP lawmakers will let President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money 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 BidenJill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia Fill the Eastern District of Virginia  Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted 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 RomneyDefense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' GOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema 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.