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 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.) told Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoBiden's team says he views election against Trump as 'Park Avenue vs. Scranton' Ex-NFL player running for House as Republican blasts Democrats as 'narcissists and sociopaths' Cruz says he wouldn't accept Supreme Court nomination MORE" that the Judiciary Committee Democrats' report defining the impeachable offenses against 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 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.” 

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The ranking member of the committee criticized the Democrats for using the committee as “a puppet” for 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.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTop Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence Overnight Defense: Top admiral says 'no condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' | Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings Overnight Defense: House to vote on military justice bill spurred by Vanessa Guillén death | Biden courts veterans after Trump's military controversies 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 BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE sparked the inquiry in the House.