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Collins: It's 'very sexist' to assume I asked McConnell's permission in witness vote

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsAgainst mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan Trump's early endorsements reveal GOP rift The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE (R-Maine) asserted on Fox News Wednesday that it is “very sexist” for people to assume she received permission from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Senate GOP opens door to earmarks McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE (R-Ky.) when she voted to include additional witnesses and documentation in President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE's impeachment trial.

Collins was reacting to a tweet from David Frum, a staff writer at The Atlantic, who said he assumed Collins asked the Senate majority leader for permission for her vote last week while Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' Trump's early endorsements reveal GOP rift Two sheriff's deputies shot by gunman in Utah MORE (R-Utah) did not.

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“I’ve cast more than 7,000 votes in my Senate time, and I’ve never asked anyone for permission on how to vote,” she told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on Wednesday following Trump's acquittal earlier in the day. “So that is just totally wrong, and I would also argue that it’s very sexist that he thinks that I somehow got permission to vote for witnesses, a position I've taken from the very beginning.”

“In fact, neither of us asked for permission,” she added, referring to Romney.

Collins, who voted to acquit Trump in Wednesday’s vote, said she respected Romney, but “reached a different conclusion.” The Utah senator broke with the GOP and convicted the president of the abuse of power charge. 

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The Maine senator added that she “really” doesn’t think she will second-guess her decision, saying the Founders did not intend to take impeachment “lightly,” and the House did not make all necessary moves to obtain all relevant testimony.

The Senate acquitted the president after a months-long impeachment process. Senate Democrats had attempted to push for senators to support adding witnesses and documentation to the trial, but did not obtain enough votes last week. 

The House impeached Trump on articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in December after former and current officials testified in hearings about the president’s alleged involvement in withholding military aid from Ukraine to pressure the country to investigate former vice president and 2020 political rival Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform MORE.