Collins gives exasperated look during Nadler opening statement

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules This week: Raucous rules fight, opening arguments in impeachment trial White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE (Ga.), the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, did not hide his lack of enthusiasm for panel Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler calls Trump a 'dictator' on Senate floor Poll: Majority think Senate should call witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Susan Collins asked Justice Roberts to intervene after Nadler late-night 'cover-up' accusation MORE's (D-N.Y.) opening statement at the start of its first impeachment hearing on Wednesday.

While Nadler spoke, Collins put his head back and appeared to look exasperated. 

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"President Trump welcomed foreign interference in the 2016 election. He demanded it for the 2020 election. In both cases, he got caught. And in both cases, he did everything in his power to prevent the American people from learning the truth about his conduct,” Nadler said. 

The Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on Wednesday as part of the House impeachment inquiry into Trump. The proceeding, titled "The Impeachment Inquiry into President Donald J. Trump: Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment," featured a panel of constitutional scholars. 

The White House has declined to participate in the hearing. 

The House launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump in September following revelations over his dealings with Ukraine. Trump has denied wrongdoing. 

Updated at 11:28 a.m.