In January I wrote a column about Susan Collins' official introduction of attorney general nominee, now confirmed, Jeff Sessions to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which approved Sessions' nomination.

When I wrote that, I didn't know just how low Collins had sunk in her support of Sessions, but thanks to transcripts of Collins' introduction of Sessions on her website, those depths are now on full display for the entire world to see.

Some free advice for Collins: Now that Sessions has been caught lying under oath to Congress, I'd take those little jewels down off my website. Lying under oath is a criminal offense, and praising criminals on your website might not be your best-ever career move.

But there's good news. There is a free, readily available cure for Collins' voluntary self-abasement. After allowing the ethically challenged White House yahoos to use and abuse her reputation as an independent-minded moderate to hawk Sessions to her Senate colleagues, Collins can now redeem herself by calling for Sessions' resignation. And if she hurries, she can be the first Republican in Congress to do so. As hard as it is to believe — or not — as of March 2, not one Republican in congress had called for the resignation of the man who lied to Congress, under oath, and on national television.

The New York Times euphemistically called Sessions' transgressions a failure to disclose, and an "inaccurate denial." But that's not what happened. Sessions lied. He said he didn't meet with any Russian officials during the presidential campaign, when in fact he twice met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Now Sessions is trying to hide behind the supposedly innocuous content of those meetings, but that's not the issue. Sessions was not asked about the content of any meetings — he was asked whether any meetings took place.

The crime here is not in meeting with Kislyak — the crime is lying about it.

And when Collins has finished apologizing for hawking Sessions, she might want to consider apologizing for her votes to confirm Rick Perry as Energy secretary and Ben Carson as head of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Perry is, of course, famous for his remarkably inept performance in a presidential candidates debate in which he called for the elimination of two cabinet-level departments — one of them Energy — and then his being unable to remember the second department he wanted to destroy, which was Energy.

But it gets worse. At the time, Perry had no idea what Energy actually did. By his own admission, Perry thought the department's sole mission was to oversee the country's energy resources. Wrong. Logical or not, Energy's primary function is to oversee the country's nuclear fuel and vast nuclear arms arsenal.

Even after he was roundly ridiculed for his inept debate performance, Perry didn't bother to find out what Energy actually did for a living. By his own admission, he didn't crack the books until Trump nominated him tend to and care for the means to destroy humanity various times over.

And then there's Collins' vote for Ben Carson to head up HUD. By all accounts, Ben Carson is a brilliant neurosurgeon, but he knows nothing about housing or urban development. In fact, judging from his presidential debate performances, he knows precious little about any government policy. I worked for three years in housing at H.O.M.E. Co-op in Orland, and I'd debate Carson on housing in a nanosecond.

But in all fairness, Collins isn't the only Maine senator to vote for this veritable parade of liars and know-nothings. Bringing up the rear of that parade is Maine's allegedly Independent junior senator, Angus King, who advertises himself as caucusing with the Democrats. Except, apparently, when it comes to voting for mendacious, inept, know-nothing cabinet nominees.

As bad as all that is, it gets even worse. With the Perry nomination for Energy and the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Education, it's hard to escape the idea that Trump wants to outright destroy those departments.

One can certainly argue that education is unnecessary, counterproductive or even flat-out evil. But surely one wouldn't want to eliminate the department that oversees thousands of nuclear warheads without some sort of Plan B. And that's where Collins' and King's votes for Rick Perry wander from very poor judgment straight into the realm of sheer recklessness.

But perhaps King and Collins deserve the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they, like Rick Perry, have no idea what the Energy Department actually does. After all, I've known this for only 35 years, and it took me all of 27 seconds to confirm it on Wikipedia — and I'm a slow typist.

Lawrence Reichard is a first-place Maine Press Association winner, freelance writer and activist living in Belfast.