Doug Collins wants hearing with GOP witnesses before articles of impeachment

The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee is calling on Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerSchumer: 'Nothing is off the table' if GOP moves forward with Ginsburg replacement Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence House passes bill to protect pregnant workers MORE (D-N.Y.) to hold a hearing with GOP witnesses before the panel moves ahead with articles of impeachment.

In a letter sent to Nadler on Thursday, Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsVulnerable GOP incumbents embrace filling Supreme Court seat this year Georgia GOP Senate candidates cite abortion in pushing Ginsburg replacement Win by QAnon believer creates new headaches for House GOP MORE (R-Ga.) argued that Republicans are entitled to a minority hearing under the rules set for impeachment.

“During yesterday’s impeachment hearing, Representative Jim SensenbrennerFrank (Jim) James SensenbrennerRepublicans call for Judiciary hearing into unrest in cities run by Democrats Scott Fitzgerald wins Wisconsin GOP primary to replace Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner Hillicon Valley: House panel grills tech CEOs during much anticipated antitrust hearing | TikTok to make code public as it pushes back against 'misinformation' | House Intel panel expands access to foreign disinformation evidence MORE (R-Wis.) furnished you with a timely demand for a minority day of hearings, signed by all Republican Members of the Committee,” Collins wrote. “You declined repeated requests by Republican Members during the hearing to acknowledge your obligation to schedule such a hearing or to provide any details on your planned schedule for further impeachment proceedings.”


The Georgia Republican — one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE’s most vocal defenders in the House — went on to blast the impeachment inquiry as a “sham.”

Nadler's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The speed at which Democrats are moving makes it highly unlikely a GOP-focused hearing will be scheduled.

Collins’s push comes shortly after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Trump is betting big on the suburbs, but his strategy is failing 'bigly' Trump orders flags at half-staff to honor 'trailblazer' Ginsburg MORE (D-Calif.) announced the House will move forward with articles of impeachment. Multiple Democratic sources said the articles could be introduced as soon as next week.

The request also comes a day after a lengthy Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing that featured three Democratic witnesses and one picked by Republicans. The four legal scholars discussed the constitutional aspects of impeachment, with the GOP witness saying Trump's dealings with Ukraine did not rise to the level of impeachment.