Collins swipes at Nadler: 'Does the chairman even know what's going on?'

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor MORE (Ga.), the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, swiped at the panel's chairman, Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMore than 200 women, transgender inmates to be transferred from Rikers Island Alabama using COVID funds to build new prisons — is that Biden's vision? Alabama clears plan to use COVID-19 relief funds to build prisons MORE (D-N.Y.), on Thursday as House Democrats indicated that they would move forward with drafting articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE.

Collins tweeted that Nadler recently called for Republicans to provide a list of requested witnesses for the inquiry, but pointed to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan Photos of the Week: Climate protests, Blue Origin and a koala MORE's (D-Calif.) press conference on Thursday morning to note that Democrats appear to be moving full steam ahead on impeachment.

"This week, Chairman Nadler told me to provide him with my witness list. But Pelosi’s press conference seemed to indicate we’re moving straight to articles of impeachment," Collins wrote.


"Judiciary has jurisdiction over articles of impeachment, but does the chairman even know what’s going on?" he added.

Nadler had sent a letter to Collins on Nov. 29 asking the ranking member if he would like to issue any subpoenas or written questions for the impeachment probe, providing him until Dec. 6 — Friday — to provide the information.

A spokesperson for Judiciary Democrats did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Republican's jab came shortly after Pelosi announced she was asking the chairman to move forward with drafting articles of impeachment. The announcement came one day after the Judiciary Committee held its first impeachment hearing where three constitutional law experts invited by Democrats testified that Trump had committed impeachable offenses.


A fourth witness, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, who was invited to testify by Republicans, claimed that it would be an "abuse of power" if Democrats moved forward to impeach Trump. Turley, who is also an opinion contributor to The Hill, used his opening statement to argue that impeachment would set a "dangerous precedent."

Pelosi said in her address Thursday that Trump's actions asking Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia Fill the Eastern District of Virginia  Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted MORE and the 2016 election "have seriously violated the Constitution."

"Our democracy is at stake. The president leaves us no choice but to act. ... Today, I am asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment," she said.

Democrats launched the formal inquiry into Trump this fall following allegations he abused his power and pressured Ukraine to launch an investigation into a political rival in exchange for aid.