Top Republican: Democrats' weekend document dump shows impeachment inquiry is a 'farce'

The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee on Sunday said the Democrats' weekend document dump shows the impeachment inquiry is a "farce." 

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.) told Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoBannon says Trump should delay State of the Union until after impeachment trial Mnuchin dismisses 'rumor' that China's commitments in phase one of trade deal was changed in translation GOP rep: Pelosi is leaving a 'sad' legacy MORE" that the Judiciary Committee Democrats' report defining the impeachable offenses against 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 released Saturday showed they are “desperately focused on impeaching this president.”

“This is not fair,” Collins said in the interview. “There's no way we could process these thousand documents. But better yet, the Democrats can't process these documents because this is something that they're looking to do and use tomorrow, but they're not even read. This is a show. This is a farce.” 


The ranking member of the committee criticized the Democrats for using the committee as “a puppet” for 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.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP MORE (D-Calif.) to do their "bidding and dirty work."

“I don't know why they're doing it this fast,” he said. “I don't know why they're practicing this weekend for a hearing tomorrow in which they're going to have scripted questions to a bunch of high-priced consultants that they brought in to present their reports because, at the end of the day, we can read the reports.”

Collins added that the Democratic leaders should be “ashamed” for framing the hearing as informative and factual in an attempt to adjust public opinion.

The committee will hold an impeachment hearing Monday to review evidence from investigators as the House moves forward with drafting articles of impeachment against Trump. 

The Intelligence Committee held hearings last month with current and former Trump officials who testified about the White House’s controversial relationship with Ukraine.

A whistleblower report about Trump’s request to the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger pens op-ed in defense of Biden: 'I stuttered once, too. I dare you to mock me' MORE sparked the inquiry in the House.