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Maine GOP scolds Susan Collins for her vote to convict Trump on impeachment charge

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In this image from video, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks after the Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. Trump was accused of inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and the acquittal gives him a historic second victory in the court of impeachment. (Senate Television via AP)

More than three dozen leaders in Maine’s Republican Party signed a letter to Sen. Susan Collins, chastising her for voting to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial.

The letter, which the Maine GOP posted on Facebook late Wednesday, voiced appreciation for Collins’ leadership and for her willingness to explain her decision, but it also condemned “in the strongest possible terms” her vote last Saturday to hold Trump responsible for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

“As leaders in our party we have fielded many emails, phone calls, text messages and all manner of communications from grassroots supporters and Mainers from all backgrounds,” the letter states. “They are almost universally outraged at this action and have demanded we take action in response. An important part of our job is to represent them and be their voice, just as it your job to be a voice for all Mainers.”

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