- A bunch of GOP senators tried to convince President Donald Trump to not shoot Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union who testified at the impeachment question.
- Trump ignored the warnings and fired Sondland on Friday.
- One of the senators who sought to change his own thoughts was Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who had been lately advised for voting to acquit Trump and saying that she thought he had discovered a lesson.
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A bunch of Republican senators tried to convince President Donald Trump to not shoot Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union who testified at the House impeachment hearings in November, The New York Times reported Saturday.
Trump ignored Sondland Friday, although he had allegedly already been intending to leave his own position.
However some of GOP senators had feared the optics of Trump shooting his own diplomatic officer following the impeachment proceedings, according to The Times.
One of those who attempted to prevent Trump was Sen. Susan Collins, the Maine Republican who voted to acquit Trump on the two articles of impeachment and suffered widespread derision for stating she thought Trump’d”heard from this situation” and could be”more cautious” moving forward.
The Times reported the other Republican senators who attempted to frighten Trump were Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Martha McSally of Arizona, also Thom Tillis of North Carolina.
The Times noted that the senators didn’t attempt to intervene in Trump’s shooting of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a leading Ukraine specialist at the National Security Council who also testified against the president at the impeachment hearings.
Trump also fired Vindman’s twin brother, Yevgeny, a White House official who wasn’t involved in the impeachment inquiry.
On Saturday, Trump chose to Twitter to describe why he fired Vindman.
“Really, I really don’t know him, never talked to him, or met him (I do not think!) But he had been quite insubordinate, documented contents of my’perfect’ forecasts wrongly, &… has been given a dreadful report with his superior, the guy he reported , who openly said that Vindman had issues with conclusion, adhering to this chain of control along with leaking information. To put it differently,’OUT.'”