Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, has demanded Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), postpone the committee’s impeachment hearing on Monday due to last-minute documents transmission.
“Chairman Nadler has no choice but to postpone Monday’s hearing in the wake of a last-minute document transmission that shows just how far Democrats have gone to pervert basic fairness,” Collins wrote in a statement released on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Collins noted that for nearly a month Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee have requested all documents related to the impeachment investigation but received no response from Nadler.
“Democrats waited until after Speaker Pelosi announced that articles of impeachment were imminent and chose the eve of the Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing to share loads of documents that Chairman [of House Intelligence Committee] [Adam] Schiff [D-Calif.] has had since this investigation began,” he said.
“It is impossible for Judiciary members to sift through thousands and thousands of pages in any meaningful way in a matter of hours,” Collins added.
Collins went on to blame Democrats for refusing to release all documentation and choosing those that seem to support their accusations against President Donald Trump.
“The information Democrats released today is partial, biased, and curated to support accusations that have, to date, been thinner than cotton candy,” he said. “Americans still don’t have access to any information that Adam Schiff hasn’t chosen to weave into his trail of lies.”
The House Judiciary Committee released a 53-page report on Saturday outlining the constitutional grounds for the Democrats’ ongoing effort to impeach President Trump.
However, the report didn’t provide any of the testimony from the expert legal scholars witnesses who testified on its first hearing on Wednesday, according to Breitbart News’ Joel B. Pollak.
“The report, signed by 20 members of the Democratic majority, appears to have been written in advance of that hearing. It was also prepared in advance of any evidentiary hearings in the committee, which are scheduled to begin Monday,” he wrote.
The House slated its next hearing on Monday as it’s moving forward with drafting formal articles of impeachment. However, Collins requested a delay in order to have time for the Judiciary Committee to examine the documents. He also demanded that Adam Schiff release the “complete body of underlying evidence that he has concealed.”
“The unfairness and dishonesty of this impeachment sham continues to be unprecedented. In violating the rules that this House adopted democratically, Democrats have violated their oaths of office. Under Speaker Pelosi’s leadership, House Democrats have eroded the integrity of our chamber and sacrificed the confidence of Americans who trust Congress to balance power, not abuse it,” Collins concluded.