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  • Letter to Sen. Sussan Collins from Mark Lewis

    Dear Senator Collins:

    Who stands with Lt. Col. Vindman?

    As you no doubt by now have heard, President Trump has exacted his revenge on whomever testified in the impeachment hearings, including a true American hero and patriot, Lt. Col. Vindman. Vindman was subpoenaed, and under oath told the truth, and for this, he was punished by the man YOU assured us had "learned his lesson" from the impeachment hearings.

    Who stands with Lt. Col. Vindman?

    President Trump not only had Vindman escorted off the White House grounds like a criminal, he had Vindman's brother, who had nothing to do with the hearings and delivered no testimony, also escorted off White House grounds. Both men nobly and without question served our country, and were punished by President Trump for daring to tell truth to power.

    Who stands with Lt. Col. Vindman?

    President Trump blocked testimony and the delivery of pertinent documents that may have given a clearer indication of what really happened with the Ukraine call and if he committed an abuse of power. An innocent man would do no such thing, yet you and the rest of the Republican members of The Senate, save for Senator Romney, gave him a pass on the allegations, citing that "insufficient evidence" had been presented to the Senate. This of course, and as you well know, is nonsense. The House Managers delivered more than sufficient evidence to the guilt of the President. Senator McConnell announced to FOX viewers they had nothing to fear about Trump facing any repercussions from the Ukraine call. It would appear you and your GOP colleagues helped to make good on that promise.

    Who stands with Lt. Col. Vindman?

    There was once a time when you might have been able to take a place in history next to Senator Margaret Chase Smith for taking a moral stand against abuse of power. Chase Smith, as you know, had the courage and strength of her convictions to take a stand against Joseph McCarthy, despite the headwinds against her. It might appear you were more concerned about maintaining your seat in the Senate, than you were about ably representing the People of Maine and doing what clearly would have been the right thing. And now for your vote to acquit, you get to keep your seat and GOP support....and Lt. Col. Vindman was escorted off the White House grounds like a criminal.

    Who stands with Lt. Col. Vindman?

    It is difficult to know what is going to happen in the next year leading up to the election, but it's safe to say this election will be unlike any other, and President Trump will now stop at nothing to ensure his re-election, now that he knows the Senate is firmly and safely in his pocket. Your vote to stand with President Trump will forever tarnish your legacy, and you will be on the wrong side of history.

    Who stands with Lt. Col. Vindman?

    The People of Maine do... and you have turned your back on Vindman, and us.

    See you in November. It will be my pleasure to vote for your opponent.

    Mark Lewis