The House Judiciary Committee’s Ranking Member Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), on Tuesday dismissed the committee’s endeavors to impeach President Donald Trump in writing, condemning the majority’s disregard for exculpatory evidence in the 658-page impeachment report published on Monday, Dec. 9.
Collins wrote that Democrats plan to “pursue impeachment first and build a case second” in order to meet their “self-imposed December deadline.”
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) was in full support of the majority despite partisan views, in writing called the president a threat to the Constitution and urged for his removal from office.
But the minority emphasized that the both articles of impeachment are backed by assumptions and hearsay, leaving behind “exculpatory evidence” while proclaiming that the “facts are uncontested.”
“The facts are contested, and, in many areas, the majority’s claims are directly contradicted by the evidence,” the minority stated in writing. “They continued that “not one of the criminal accusations leveled at the president over the past year—including bribery, extortion, collusion/conspiracy with foreign enemies, or obstruction of justice—has found a place in the articles. Some of these arguments are just holdovers from an earlier disingenuous attempt by the majority to weaponized the Russia collusion investigation for political gain.”
GOP lawmakers have also blasted Democrats for their “blatant” and “intentional” refusal to permit a “minority day of hearings” despite several requests made to Nadler asking so, citing it as a procedural misstep.
The minority also claimed that Nadler also turned down a request to subpoena witnesses, and that there was a complete absence of “fact witnesses” and the Democrats’ case relied solely on the testimony given by four academics in one hearing, and another with a panel of congressional staffers, according to Fox News.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich during a Monday appearance on Fox News took a swipe at Democrats, calling their impeachment push against President Trump a “bizarre anti-constitutional gimmick” that has only earned the president more voters and giving him a better chance and potentially “win re-election” in the 2020 presidential race.
“If he is in the election, he is going to win. How do they get him out of the election? This is the most bizarrely anti-constitutional gimmick I think I have ever seen,” Gingrich said on “Fox & Friends” on Dec. 15. “There is zero basis for what they are doing. Just listen to them talk about it. There is nothing constitutional about trying to impeach a president because you don’t like him. And that’s the bottom line here.”
The former House speaker suggested that impeachment—being the incredibly partisan process it is—has only made Democrats lose credibility through time, while citing Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s (D-N.J.) recent move to the Republican Party.
“Left-wing Democrats are very happy attacking Donald Trump. Independents and Republicans think it’s a total waste of time and that it’s wrong and they’ve been losing ground. They just had a Democrat switch parties because they are losing ground, not gaining ground,” Gingrich said while stressing that the impeachment case against the president has always been “weak.”
“They had a very weak case and gave it to [Adam] Schiff, who is a liar and frankly looks sort of like a Soviet-era prosecutor. He is not a very believable person. … Then they give it to [Jerrold] Nadler, who is just terrible on television,” Gingrich said on the show. “Every day this goes on they get weaker and Nancy Pelosi, who is not stupid, has figured out she couldn’t stop it because her left would have cannibalized her. So she had to go through with it, but this is a worse nightmare than she expected.”