Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, weighed in on Sunday on the two scandals that have rocked the White House recently, absolving President Obama of responsibility for the Secret Service misconduct but not for the overspending of the General Services Administration.
“In the case of the Secret Service, I believe the director thus far has acted exactly appropriately and is trying to get to the bottom of it. And the president bears no role in that scandal,” she said on ABC’s This Week.
Collins said that the GSA scandal was a different story, in part because the GSA "is the agency that's supposed to be setting the example for other agencies," and so the overspending sets a bad example.
“In the case of GSA, the administration clearly bears responsibility, because the head of that agency received an alert from the inspector general way last year that there were problems, and took no action,” she said. “The president is responsible in that case.”
The senator's statements run counter to those of some of her fellow Republicans, most notably Sarah Palin, who recently said that the president should be held accountable for the controversies surrounding both the Secret Service and the GSA.
GSA Administrator Martha Johnson resigned shortly after it was revealed that the agency spent hundreds of thousands of dollar on a lavish conference.
"The Republicans in the Senate have been trying to put limits on excessive conferences and travel for some time, and we've been blocked," Collins said. "This shouldn't be a partisan issue, and I hope now it won't be anymore."