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Susan Collins Tried To Kick The Press Out Of Impeachment Trial: Reporter



According to RollCall reporter K. Tully-McManus, Republican Senator Susan Collins seemed to have a problem with the press during Thursday’s impeachment trial. So much so that she used the break to “loudly” tell Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Thune (R-SD) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) that she didn’t like where the press was seated.

Tully-McManus tweeted that Collins wanted the press pushed back away from her.

“During the break, Sen. Susan Collins said loudly to Sens Murkowski, Thune & Tillis that she would like the first row of the press gallery to be kept empty and that reporters should only be seated from the second row back, motioning to the sparse remaining press (myself included)

“Collins made a motion that looked like she was leaning over, mimicking a hypothetical reporter leaning over the gallery balcony, a prohibited act that has been strictly enforced during the trial.

“Collins sometimes speaks so softly that it is hard to hear her even when she is up close, but she made this comment loudly enough that it was heard by me from one story up (over the chatter of reporters around me and senators talking on the floor)”

It’s unclear what Collins is so bothered by that would be remedied by pushing reporters less than 3 feet back.

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