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Collins walks out of impeachment hearing
The Republican representative said Democrats are attempting to 'knee-cap our democracy.'
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Rep. Doug Collins

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, is clearly frustrated with the impeachment process against President Donald Trump.

During the Dec. 12 hearing on the proposed articles of impeachment in the House Judiciary Committee, Collins raised arguments about the inclusion of a specific article into the record.

The article, titled “Trump froze military aid — as Ukrainian soldiers perished in battle,” was originally published in the L.A. Times. Collins argued that the story was “biased against the President” and that it clearly stated “there is no way to link Markiv’s or the dozens of other deaths directly to the lack of aid.”

“It is amazing to me that again, the things that will come out of this markup is not the simple fact that they are going to mark this up and send it to the floor, it is what they will perpetrate to try to hide the weakness of their argument,” Collins said.

“Let’s keep putting stuff in here that proves your pathetic argument! The article itself–which is biased against the president–actually said there’s no way to link it but yet we are doing that every time here. Keep giving them, I’ll keep accepting them!” Collins continued.

“Wonderful article! Great job! Because you’re making my point,” he said, getting visibly angry. “I guess I withdraw my objection on this. It makes my point. You have any more you want to put in, keep going. This is not going to get you anywhere.”

Collins then yielded his time back to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and left the meeting. He returned shortly thereafter.

At the end of the night, Chairman Nadler postponed the vote until Thursday, Dec. 13.

“It has been a long two days of consideration of these articles, and it is now very late at night,” said Nadler. “I want the members on both sides of the aisle to think about what has happened over these last two days, and to search their consciences before we cast our final votes.”

Collins immediately raised protest with the move. As the gavel fell and members of the committee began standing up to leave, Collins questioned the decision, “Mr. Chairman, there was no consulting with the ranking member on your schedules for tomorrow, in which you have just blown up schedules for everyone?” Collins asked. “This is the kangaroo court that we’re talking about.”

“That was the most bush-league play I have ever seen in my life,” Collins told reporters after the adjournment. “This should show the American people why this right here is wrong.”

Thursday morning, the Committee reconvened and voted to approve the articles of impeachment along party lines.

In a statement from his office after the vote, Collins said “Today’s vote highlights the pettiness of last night’s delay and the folly of articles of impeachment that allege no crime and establish no case. While it’s already clear that Democrats broke their own promises to rig this outcome, what will become more obvious in the coming days and years is that Democrats gravely abused their power.

“This abuse of power doesn’t just undermine the integrity of our chamber or the independence of future presidencies. Democrats have sacrificed core American tenets of due process, fairness and the presumption of innocence on the altar of a 2016 election that they lost three years ago.

“Rather than help Americans move into the future with confidence, Democrats are attempting to knee-cap our democracy. They’re telling millions of voters that Democrats will work to overturn the will of the people whenever it conflicts with the will of liberal elites.”