Ranking House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) says his “first and foremost” witness during the upcoming impeachment hearing will be Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, will begin circulating a draft report of his panel’s investigation into President Trump and Ukraine today, granting members a 24 hour review period.
Speaking to Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Collins said, “…the first person that needs to testify is Adam Schiff. Adam Schiff is the author of this report. Adam Schiff has been the author of many things, a lot of them found to be false over the past couple of years…”
Collins continued, “He’s compared himself in the past to a special counsel. This is what he said he was doing. Well, if we go back to Clinton and even back to Nixon, but in Clinton, Ken Starr was the special counsel, he presented a report that we’re going to get his judiciary. He actually came and sat and testified under oath and took questions from all sides, including the White House. My first and foremost witness is Adam Schiff.”
Wallace asked, “So, you want to bring him in before the committee, not just to present a report, but to take questions from Democrats and to be cross-examined, if you will, by the Republicans?”
Collins replied that Schiff “needs” to be questioned and if he refuses, he would “really question the veracity” of the report.
” I question…the motives of why he’s doing it,” he added.
Collins said it is “easy to hide behind a report” and questioned why Democrats were hiding certain information from Republicans, including documents and reports from the House Intelligence Committee.
“If they think they have such a case, give us all the materials and don’t let Jerry Nadler write a crazy letter that says on the 6th let us know who your witnesses are. We don’t even have the information from the intel committee yet. This is why this is a problematic exercise and simply a made-for-TV event coming on Wednesday.”
It’s easy to hide behind a gavel. Adam Schiff needs to testify in Judiciary, answering questions from Democrats, Republicans, and the White House—just like Ken Starr did.
This is crucial since Schiff has refused to share evidence that all House Members should be able to see. pic.twitter.com/DoUoBIUU2m
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) December 1, 2019
Last night, the White House informed House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) that President Trump would not participate in the hearings.
White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote Nadler, “As you know, this baseless and highly partisan inquiry violates all past historical precedent, basic due process rights, and fundamental fairness. You have afforded the president no scheduling input, no meaningful information, and so little time to prepare that you have effectively denied the administration a fair opportunity to participate. Although the hearing is set to occur in just three days, you still have not disclosed the identities of the witnesses who will appear.”
The House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing will begin Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET.