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 NadlerMcConnell locks in schedule for start of impeachment trial Pelosi: Trump's impeachment 'cannot be erased' House to vote Wednesday on sending articles of impeachment to Senate 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 CollinsThe five dumbest things said about impeachment so far Pelosi accepts Collins's apology for saying Democrats are 'in love with terrorists' Trump's legal team gets set for impeachment trial 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 SensenbrennerHouse votes to impeach Trump House impeaches Trump for abuse of power Judiciary members battle over whether GOP treated fairly in impeachment hearings 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 TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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 PelosiREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Desperate Democrats badmouth economy even as it booms Pelosi offers message to Trump on Bill Maher show: 'You are impeached forever' 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.