Test for Collins

Dear Editor:

Sen. Susan Collins’ claim to independent thinking is being put to the test. If she truly is not glued to Mitch McConnell and this President, I hope she will demonstrate that. Independent voters in Maine need to see that she is willing to think and act autonomously.

The whistleblower’s complaint about the President’s phone call to the leader of Ukraine appears credible to most Americans. It deserves an unbiased hearing. Imagine, if you will, a similar complaint lodged against then-President Obama. The Senate would be in a fury to investigate.

The material made public from the complaint makes clear one important point. The President asked the leader of a foreign power for assistance in investigating a political rival. Sen. Collins needs to explain why she does not find this problematic, even absent any pressure, repetition, or quid pro quo.

Barbara Presson


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