Senator Collins Should Be Able To Request Decision-Making Documents Just As Senators Deserve to See Bolton Documents


Senator Lieberman voted correctly — against cloture — on Thursday and Senator Collins did not.
She underestimated the slippery slope of undermining principle and the Senate’s position vis-a-vis the White House.
Now she wants documents from the administration — but she was missing in action when it came to the Senate oversight responsibilities in the John Bolton nomination. Shame on her.
She has time to modify her stance on Bolton and the documentation issue — but otherwise her own self-contradicting stances undermine her position and the interests of her constituents on base closings in Maine.
Here is the latest in a CNN piece:

Two senators from New England have sent a letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld demanding the release of documents on proposed military base closures.
In a statement Saturday, Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joseph Lieberman, D-Connecticut, said the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs would subpoena the documents if necessary, including e-mails, memos, handwritten notes and telephone logs.
Collins is chairwoman of the committee, while Lieberman is the ranking member.
The senators represent states “disproportionately affected” by the proposed changes announced this month, their statement said.

It’s always hard to make a case on principle, Senator Collins, when you didn’t stand by them before. . .
— Steve Clemons