My guess though, is that this is, much like it was for Peewee Herman in Cheech and Chong's Next Movie, (I am not suggesting that she was caught masturbating in a porno theater) it was a ploy to manipulate the situation, because Susan Collins is a profoundly evil person who lies like the rest of us breath:
The proceedings began calmly enough. Around 1 p.m., we senators proceeded to the House for a joint session. Soon there was an objection, baseless in my view, to accepting the electoral count from Arizona. We returned to the Senate to begin our two-hour debate with senators, beginning a series of 5-minute speeches. Sen. James Lankford had just started speaking when, all of a sudden, the Capitol Police and staff from the Sergeant at Arms burst into the chamber and removed Vice President Mike Pence who was presiding. Shortly thereafter, the two Senate leaders were also rushed away.
My first thought was that the Iranians had followed through on their threat to strike the Capitol, but a police officer took over the podium and explained that violent demonstrators had breached the entire perimeter of the Capitol and were inside. Several of us pointed out that the doors to the press gallery were unlocked right above us. That tells you how overwhelmed and unprepared the Capitol Police were, although many, many of them were very courageous.
First, while the Iranians have said many intemperate things in response to our assassinating the head of the Republican Guard, the Iranians have never suggested that they would hit the Congress, and Collins would know this, being on the Intelligence Committee.
My more detailed guess is that Collins knows that here political future is tied to former Maine Governor Paul "The Human Bowling Jacket" LePage's antediluvian wing of the Republican party, and she so is desperate to avoid saying anything about a potential impeachment.
She is a toxic mix of entitlement, hypocrisy, and cowardice, and somehow or other, the best efforts of the Democratic Party establishment (There is no Democratic Party establishment) could not even manage to make the election close this year.