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Both sides of the aisle call for fair, dignified Senate impeachment trial: ‘It’s a process of democracy’

With President Trump‘s impeachment trial looming in the Senate, lawmakers and politicians on both sides of the aisle are calling for managers to follow the Constitution and keep to a fair and balanced approach.

Appearing on “Cavuto LIVE,” Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he believes the trial under Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will be very similar to the one held for the Bill Clinton impeachment.

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“The fallout in terms of our constitutional process is that we have to recognize this is a trial. It’s not going to be the circus atmosphere it was in the House. It will be a lot more dignified and orderly because you have the chief justice presiding over it,” the former Clinton impeachment manager said.

Hutchinson said that because the process will be more dignified, the American public will give the procedings in the Senate more credibility.

He told host Neil Cavuto that the Senate has set a “high bar” for impeachment, but there is a lot which has yet to unfold.

“And,what we learned from history is that our democracy is strong and our constitutional process works when you follow it closely,” he said.

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Appearing on the show immediately following Hutchinson, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet told Cavuto that he believes the Senate has a “constitutional duty to fulfill.”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., fourth from left, speaks during a news conference to announce impeachment managers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. The U.S. House is set to vote Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for a landmark trial on whether the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are grounds for removal. With Pelosi, from left, are Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Colorado Democrat noted that while he thinks that “anybody could accuse anyone else of having an inherent bias,” it’s imperative that the Senate call witnesses and examine records.

“That’s the best way we can assure that the American people can get to the bottom of the truth,” he said.

Later on, Lousiana Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy urged the Senate to “keep a high threshold” in managing the impeachment trial and warned of those who will “[try] to distract from what is the crux of the issue.”

“Now, there’s going to be a lot of — you know — I call it monkey dust. People throwing dust around, trying to distract from what is the crux of the issue. If we look at the crux and remain focused on that crux, then we’ll establish whether or not the president did something illegal or not,” Cassidy said.

The trial will begin in earnest on Tuesday on two articles of impeachment against Trump: abuse of power; and obstruction of Congress. House impeachment managers, who will prosecute the case against Trump, were practicing their arguments this weekend. Lawyers for both sides were filing initial briefings and pleadings in the case on Saturday.

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“President Trump has done nothing wrong and is confident that this team will defend him, the voters, and our democracy from this baseless, illegitimate impeachment,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “The Articles of Impeachment House Democrats have adopted threaten grave and lasting damage to our institutions and to our Nation. The President looks forward to the end of this partisan and unconstitutional impeachment.”

The president’s legal team is set to submit his reply to the articles of impeachment later today.

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz and John Roberts contributed to this report.

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Lebanon Police Fire Tear Gas, Water Cannons At Protesters Amid Riot

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BEIRUT (AP) — Riot police fired tear gas and sprayed water cannon near parliament in Lebanon’s capital Saturday to disperse thousands of protesters after riots broke out during a march against the ruling elite amid a severe economic crisis.

The riots began when some protesters started throwing stones at police deployed near the parliament building while others removed street signs and metal barriers and hurled them at security forces. Protesters also threw firecrackers at police.

As rioting took place in central Beirut, thousands of other protesters arrived later from three different parts of the city to join the demonstration.

The Lebanese Red Cross said it took 30 people to hospitals, while 45 others were treated on the spot.

Lebanon has witnessed three months of protests against the political elites who have ruled the country since the end of the 1975-90 civil war. The protesters blame politicians for widespread corruption and mismanagement in a country that has accumulated one of the largest debt ratios in the world.

The protesters had called for a demonstration Saturday afternoon with the theme “we will not pay the price” in reference to debt that stands at about $87 billion, or more than 150% of GDP.

Panic and anger gripped the public as they watched their local currency, pegged to the dollar for more than two decades, plummet, losing more than 60% of its value in recent weeks on the black market. The economy has seen no growth and foreign inflows dried up in the already heavily indebted country that relies on imports for most of its basic goods.

Meanwhile, banks have imposed informal capital controls, limiting withdrawal of dollars and foreign transfers.

Earlier this week, protesters carried out acts of vandalism in a main commercial area in Beirut targeting mostly private banks.

Adding to the crisis, Lebanon has been without a government since Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned Oct. 29, meeting a key demand of the protesters.

Prime Minister-designate Hassan Diab had been expected to announce an 18-member Cabinet on Friday, but last-minute disputes among political factions scuttled his latest attempt.

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Spain’s Ibiza, Mallorca islands pass law aimed at curbing tourists’ booze-fueled debauchery

Authorities in Spain‘s Balearic Islands are fed up with the so-called “booze tourism” that some of its towns have become known for.

On Friday, the regional government of the islands, which include Ibiza and Mallorca, among others, passed a law that bans bars or tour operators from promoting or offering pub crawls, happy hours, or party boats in three popular tourist areas: Playa de Palma and Magaluf in Mallorca, and Sant Antoni de Portmany on Ibiza’s west side.

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The law also restricts liquor stores from selling alcohol after 9:30 p.m., and bans bars from giving away free drinks, Spain’s El País reports.

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Establishments caught in violation may face fines of up to 600,000 euro, or $669,000.

The regulations further prohibit the practice of “balconing” — whereby hotel guests jump from their balconies into pools, or to other balconies — across the entirety of the Balearic Islands. Hotels that fail to report or evict guests who partake risk incurring fines of up to 60,000 euro, or $66,900, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.

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“This is the first law adopted in Europe which restricts the sale and promotion of alcohol in certain touristic areas,” the regional government stated in a press release cited by the AFP.

“We are going for a model of sustainable tourism and we want to improve relations between tourists and residents,” added Iago Negueruela, the region’s head of tourism, per El País.

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Officials hope the new regulations will curb not only wild behavior and fights, but help the islands move away from their reputations as party destinations. (AP Photo/Joan Llado, File)

Officials hope the new regulations will curb not only wild behavior and fights but help the islands move away from their reputations as party destinations and restore their former reputation. Magaluf, for instance, had previously made headlines following the deaths of several tourists who fell from their hotel balconies, as well as a highly publicized 2014 incident, which was caught on tape, of a teenager performing oral sex on dozens of men at a club while a DJ cheered her on.

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“It is time to shout from the rooftops that we don’t want this tourism,” the Majorca Daily Bulletin said about the incident after the 2014 incident.

In the wake of the new law, Negueruela further said he’s not opposed to expanding the restrictions to other areas of the region if need be.

Over 13 million tourists visit the Balearic Islands — which include the larger islands of  Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera, as well as several smaller islands — every year, El País reported.

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Fox News’ Elizabeth Llorente contributed to this report.

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National Archives blurs anti-Trump signs in image of 2017 Women’s March: report

The National Archives confirmed this week that it had blurred out signs in a photograph on display of the 2017 Women’s March in Washington D.C. that is now showcased at the museum — so as not to engage in political controversy.

The photograph in question — on display as part of an exhibit celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage — shows the 2017 march down Pennsylvania Avenue the day after President Trump was elected. The image, taken by Getty Images photographer Mario Tama, shows the street crammed with marchers, many showing anti-Trump signs.

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But The Washington Post first reported that many of those placards have been blurred out. Placards that read “God Hates Trump” has “Trump” blurred. Other signs that refer to women’s anatomy are altered, according to the Post. One that said “If my vagina could shoot bullets, it’d be less REGULATED” has “vagina” blurred out while one that says “This P***y Grabs Back” has that obscenity blurred out.

The National Archives did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment on Saturday, but in a statement to the Post, it said archivist David Ferriero — appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2009 — supports the decision.

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“As a non-partisan, non-political federal agency, we blurred references to the President’s name on some posters, so as not to engage in current political controversy,” Archives spokeswoman Miriam Kleiman told The Post. “Our mission is to safeguard and provide access to the nation’s most important federal records, and our exhibits are one way in which we connect the American people to those records. Modifying the image was an attempt on our part to keep the focus on the records.”

But the move was criticized by others. Rice University historian Douglas Brinkey told the Post there was no reason to alter a “historic photograph.”

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“If they don’t want to use a specific image, then don’t use it. But to confuse the public is reprehensible,” he said. “The head of the Archives has to very quickly fix this damage. A lot of history is messy, and there’s zero reason why the Archives can’t be upfront about a photo from a women’s march,” he said.

The furor came as new Women’s Marches were scheduled to take place in Washington D.C., New York and in other cities across the country.

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Famed chef Paul Bocuse’s restaurant downgraded to 2 Michelin stars after 55 years

The restaurant of French chef Paul Bocuse, who died two years ago, has lost one of its Michelin stars after holding three since 1965, a world record.

The Michelin guide announced Friday that the restaurant in Collonges-au-Mont-d’or, near the French city of Lyon, has been downgraded to two stars.

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Dubbed by critics as the “pope of French cuisine,” Bocuse died at age 91 in January 2018 in Collonges-au-Mont-d’or, the place where he was born.

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French chef Paul Bocuse, seen here in 2011, poses outside his famed Michelin L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)

He was a tireless pioneer, the first chef to blend the art of cooking with savvy business tactics — branding his cuisine and his image to create an empire of restaurants around the globe whose offerings range from haute cuisine to fast food.

The restaurant’s kitchen is now run by a trio of French chefs.

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The Bocuse group also owns a restaurant in Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center in Orlando, Fla., that opened in 1982, and several brasseries, cafes and other establishments in the city of Lyon and in Japan.

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Officer hit by Odell Beckham Jr wants to drop charges over butt-slapping incident: report

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An arrest warrant issued for Odell Beckham Jr. after he was seen slapping the backside of a security guard in the LSU Tigers locker room earlier this week may be withdrawn after the officer reportedly signed an affidavit Friday night saying he no longer wished to press charges, sources said.

The New Orleans Police Department issued a warrant for Beckham’s arrest Thursday on one count of simple battery after a video surfaced showing the Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver smacking the butt of a 48-year-old Superdome security guard but just one day later, the officer moved to dismiss the charge.

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According to multiple sources who spoke to NOLA.com, the officer met with NOPD Wednesday morning wanting to press charges but on Friday evening, he signed an affidavit wanting to rescind the charge as he did not believe it was a criminal matter.

Police have not yet said if they will withdraw the warrant.

Trouble began Monday night following the national NCAA football championship game. Beckham, a former LSU Tiger, was seen celebrating with the players in the locker room after they bested Clemson University for the title.

In the original arrest warrant obtained by NOLA.com, the stadium officer was asked to enforce a no-smoking policy in the LSU locker rooms. Players were told to put out the cigars they were lighting and it was at that point when the Beckham came over and slapped the behind of a security guard speaking to one of the players.

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The officer said he wanted to punch the wide receiver in retaliation but did not. According to the warrant, he had the authority to arrest Beckham on the spot but did not, citing the “jovial atmosphere.”

Beckham also came under fire for apparently handing out money to LSU players after the game. He was seen in a video appearing to give $100 bills to Tigers wide receivers Justin Jefferson and Jontre Kirklin.

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Snapchat plea for help saves California girl, 14, from being forced into prostitution

Snapchat message a 14-year-old California girl sent to friends saved her from being forced into prostitution by three men — one of whom was charged with raping her, according to news reports.

Police in San Jose, Calif., said the girl sent the message Tuesday morning as she was being driven by the strangers 40 miles to a motel.

Citing court documents, KPIX-TV said the girl, who had been drugged, wrote, “Somebody help me. I’m in a random man’s car … I am not in Santa Cruz. Where am I?”

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Mugshots for Albert Vasquez, 55, Antonio Quirino Salvador, 34, and Hediberto Gonzalez Avarenga, 31.<br>    (San Jose Police Department)

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“The victim’s friends determined the victim’s location through the Snapchat app and called 911,” San Jose Police Sgt. Enrique Garcia said in a news release Thursday.

After determining the girl was at the E-Z 8 Motel, officers went there and arrested Albert Vasquez, 55, of San Jose, as he was leaving a second-floor room, Fox 2 San Francisco reported. The girl was found inside the room.

Vasquez was arrested on charges that included kidnapping and rape.

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Alleged accomplices Antonio Quirino Salvador, 34, and Hediberto Gonzalez Avarenga, 31, both of Fremont, Calif., were charged with kidnapping, Garcia said. They were arrested Wednesday.

Police said the girl was being held against her will at the motel and threatened with being forced into prostitution, KPIX reported.

“Follow-up investigation by detectives revealed suspect Vasquez met the victim in the City of Capitola on January 14th,” Garcia said in the release. “Vasquez gave the victim drugs and she became incapacitated.”

He said Vasquez then enlisted the help of Salvador and Avarenga to drive her to the motel.

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Garcia said Vazquez sexually assaulted the victim in the car and in the motel room.

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Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Will Lose HRH Titles And Start Paying Rent

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Queen Elizabeth II has finalized the details regarding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back as senior members of the royal family: The pair will no longer use their “royal highness” titles and will no longer receive public funds as of spring of this year. 

The couple has also pledged to repay the British public for the pricey renovations they had done on Frogmore Cottage, which is owned by the royal family and which will continue to serve as their U.K. home. They plan to pay “commercial rent” on the property themselves, but will take up a new primary residence somewhere in North America. 

“With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations,” Buckingham Palace said a statement released Saturday. “While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.”

The changes mean that the couple, who are still Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will be free to earn their own income and are no longer “working royals.”

Notably, Harry will also remain a prince and technically hold onto his “HRH” title, but he will not use it. He will also continue to receive private funds from his father, Prince Charles.

In a personal statement of her own, the queen recognized the “intense scrutiny” her grandson and his wife have faced, and said that she was “particularly proud” of Meghan:

Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.

Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.

I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.

I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family. 

It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced earlier this month that they are working to become financially independent and split time between the United Kingdom and Canada. 

In an earlier statement, the queen said she was “entirely supportive” of Meghan and Harry’s new life following talks with Princes Charles, William and Harry at her Sandringham Estate. 

“Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family,” the queen said at the time in a statement released by Buckingham Palace. 

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Dershowitz downplays his role on Trump impeachment team, as White House adds 8th lawyer

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Liberal lawyer Alan Dershowitz downplayed his role on President Trump’s impeachment legal team claiming he’s not a full-fledged member, as the White House added another attorney to defend the president.

“My role is limited,” the Harvard Law School professor emeritus told CNN’s Michael Smerconish on Saturday. “I’m only going to appear on behalf of the Constitution making the arguments against impeachment based on the Constitution. I’m not part of the strategic legal team.”

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Dershowitz said while he’s a liberal Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton, he’ll be making the constitutional case against impeachment to senators during the impeachment trial, since that’s his area of expertise.

“I will appear on Friday, make my argument to the Senate about the constitutional reasons why these two articles of impeachment don’t satisfy the criteria and then I’ll answer questions from the senators, but that will be the extent of my role,” said Dershowitz, adding that his position has been consistent since he opposed the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

The trial in Senate will begin in earnest on Tuesday for two articles of impeachment against Trump – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. House impeachment managers, who will prosecute the case against Trump, were studying and practicing their arguments this weekend. Lawyers for both sides were filing initial briefings and pleadings in the case on Saturday.

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Meanwhile, the White House announced Friday an eighth member of Trump’s legal team: Eric D. Herschmann from the firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres LLP. Marc Kasowitz is a longtime legal associate of Trump and was part of the initial team handling the Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigation.

Trump’s two lead lawyers are Pat A. Cipollone and Jay Sekulow.

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“President Trump has done nothing wrong and is confident that this team will defend him, the voters, and our democracy from this baseless, illegitimate impeachment,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “The Articles of Impeachment House Democrats have adopted threaten grave and lasting damage to our institutions and to our Nation.  The President looks forward to the end of this partisan and unconstitutional impeachment.”

Fox News’ John Roberts contributed to this report. 

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Impeachment Trial Puts Susan Collins, Stung by Kavanaugh Backlash, Under Scrutiny

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WASHINGTON — A few days after Senator Susan Collins cast her votes to acquit President Bill Clinton, as she was greeted with icy stares at a Lincoln Day dinner in rural Maine, a fellow Republican approached her, irate.

“I can’t believe you let him off the hook,” he told Ms. Collins. “I am never, ever voting for you again.”

Twenty-one years later, she faces another presidential impeachment vote with heavy consequences for the nation and her own political survival. Ms. Collins, one of a handful of moderate Republicans whose votes could alter the trajectory of the trial, said she does not regret her votes to acquit then.

She said she would use the same logic behind that decision when she weighs the impeachment charges against President Trump in a Senate trial that begins in earnest next week.

“I, too, was furious at President Clinton and felt that he had lied under oath, but it didn’t reach the constitutional test of high crimes and misdemeanors, and was not sufficient to overturn an election and throw him out of office,” she said in an interview on Thursday in her Capitol Hill office.

In the case of Mr. Trump, she said, she would be “applying that same standard.”

Ms. Collins’s position as a centrist gives her outsize influence over the shape of Mr. Trump’s trial, including whether new witnesses and evidence will be heard, just as it has in some of the most important and impassioned debates during her four terms in the Senate. But that middle ground is shrinking in the Trump era, leaving her open to bitter attack from both political parties.

She was among three Republicans who sank Mr. Trump’s attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and she helped lead an unsuccessful effort to prevent him from taking unallocated money for his border wall. But she also voted for a tax bill that was the centerpiece of the Republican agenda. And the move that overshadowed all that was her deciding vote to confirm Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault.

Ms. Collins’s health care vote in 2017 fueled hopes on the left and anger on the right over whether she might stray from party orthodoxy. But the Kavanaugh vote and the tax vote reinforced her lifelong party affiliation despite her aversion to parts of Mr. Trump’s agenda.

That confirmation vote — and her impassioned speech defending it on the Senate floor — generated millions of dollars in donations to be used against her, and a lengthy period of harassment and intimidation by critics, including numerous death threats. There were so many hostile calls targeting her that a 25-year-old employee in one of her Maine offices quit. One day, her husband texted Ms. Collins a photo of himself in a hazmat suit; someone had sent a threatening letter to their Maine home — where protesters gathered eight Sundays in a row — that claimed to contain ricin.

In Washington, a man waited for Ms. Collins in the dark as she parked her car one evening in the pouring rain, then followed her several blocks to her townhouse. A neighbor lamented to her that he hated living next to “a rape apologist.”

“It just made the whole time very unpleasant,” said Ms. Collins, who faces a steep re-election challenge in November, when she will seek a fifth term. “But anyone who thinks that they can intimidate me doesn’t know me.”

Ms. Collins’s history, and her competitive race to keep her seat, puts her at the top of the list of senators under scrutiny in the impeachment debate. Reporters on Capitol Hill toil to divine her intentions; as the articles of impeachment were read Thursday on the Senate floor, Ms. Collins, who was suffering a bad cold, coughed and dabbed at her eyes, causing several reporters to call her office to ask why she was crying.

Her vote at the conclusion of Mr. Trump’s trial almost certainly will not determine whether he becomes the first president to be removed from office by the Senate — the 67 votes required, at this point, are not there. But Ms. Collins will be pivotal to resolving procedural questions, including a battle between Republicans and Democrats over calling witnesses and admitting new documents as part of the Senate trial. And Ms. Collins has signaled that she will buck her party and support both moves.

“I would anticipate that it is likely that I would vote to have more information brought forward, whether witnesses or documents or both,” she said Thursday.

Ms. Collins convened several meetings in her office with the Republican senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee to cobble together a provision ensuring a vote on the matter after opening arguments by both sides and questions from senators. If the four hang together on the issue, their votes would be enough — along with the 47 that Democrats control — to demand more information come out in the trial.

And her eventual vote on whether to remove the president will be politically significant as well, both to Mr. Trump and to Ms. Collins. Since he was impeached last month, the president has leaned on his party’s unified opposition to dismiss the whole effort as a partisan “hoax,” and he has made it clear he looks forward to an exoneration by the Republican-led chamber. Even a single Republican vote in favor of removing him would undermine that.

In Maine, Ms. Collins’s choice could prove even more consequential to voters, and perhaps play a critical role in her legacy.

“There is no doubt that there are going to be Mainers unhappy with me no matter what conclusion I reach,” said Ms. Collins, who said she has been powering through an enormous white binder detailing the trial’s substance.

The Kavanaugh confirmation, among the most bitter Senate fights of the Trump administration, may have shored up support among a Republican base smarting from some of Ms. Collins’s other votes, but it enraged many of the independent and Democratic voters who have helped keep Ms. Collins comfortably in office for years. It also set the stage and tone for the impeachment fight.

What appears to rankle Ms. Collins is the suggestion that her votes are mere political calculations. She often says she consults a bevy of experts, reams of transcripts and scores of interviews with people who have a personal stake in a policy outcome.

To prepare for Mr. Trump’s trial, she met with specialists from the legal division at the Congressional Research Service and had her staff put together a huge notebook about the 1999 trial procedures. She has read myriad transcripts of the House hearings and reports on the Ukraine matter and Mr. Trump, she said.

“I felt that the process that we followed in 1999 worked really well and produced a fair outcome,” she said, including the decision to call witnesses and examine additional evidence, which most Republicans are resisting this time around.

In voting for witnesses but rejecting one or both charges against Mr. Trump, Ms. Collins might anticipate she can satisfy both Maine Republicans, many of whom are very loyal to the president, and the many Democrats and independents she has always relied on for her victories.

But that is far from clear in such a hyperpartisan environment. And she will be running for re-election against several opponents in November, including Sara Gideon, the Democratic speaker of Maine’s House.

“I am definitely expecting this to be an all-out brawl from both left and right groups, along with the candidate and party spending,” said Michael M. Franz, a co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks political advertising spending.

Maine’s race already surpassed all other Senate races in terms of campaign spending for 2019, Mr. Franz said. “All told, I don’t expect either side to be dramatically outspent, since pro-Democrat groups see this election as one of their likeliest prospects,” he said.

Compromise legislation of the sort that used to help lawmakers in Maine, where voters love independence, is increasingly rare in Congress these days. (A notable exception is the recent North American trade agreement.)

Polls show approval ratings for Ms. Collins, long one of the nation’s most popular senators, dipping.

“Maine has a kind of model of what they want a political figure to look like, which has elements of being respected nationally, civility and a certain degree of bipartisanship and independence,” said Amy Fried, the chairwoman of the department of political science at the University of Maine. “However in today’s politics she has been pushed out of that.”

For example, Ms. Fried said, although Ms. Collins is seen as supportive of abortion rights and pro-environment, political advocacy groups that press for those issues are not likely to support her this year.

“Senator Collins is now the most unpopular Senator in the country because she’s shown over and over again that she will put the needs of corporate special interests and Mitch McConnell ahead of Mainers,” said Kathleen Marra, the chairwoman of the Maine Democratic Party, who says there has been a tremendous surge in enthusiasm and volunteer engagement in her state.

Yet incumbency can be a powerful force. Ms. Collins is known as a shrewd politician who has built ties to every part of the state and labors to scrape together benefits for its shipyards, lobstermen and large elderly population and to promote them when at home.

Impeachment could be a wild card.

“I feel confident she is beatable, but don’t feel confident she will definitely lose yet,” said Brian Fallon, the executive director of Demand Justice, one of the many groups spending millions of dollars to highlight Ms. Collins’s Kavanaugh vote. “It is still going to take a lot of work.”

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