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 NadlerBiden backs effort to include immigration in budget package Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Britney Spears's new attorney files motion to remove her dad as conservator 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 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 (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 SensenbrennerProtecting the fundamental right of all Americans to have access to the voting booth Republicans compare Ron Johnson to Joe McCarthy: NYT GOP puts pressure on Pelosi over Swalwell 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.”

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The Georgia Republican — one of President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic 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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions Overnight Health Care: Average daily COVID infections topped last summer's peak, CDC says | US reaches 70 percent vaccination goal a month after Biden's target | White House says CDC can't renew eviction ban Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban 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.