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 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.) told Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoGraham says he'd 'leave town' to stop .5T spending plan The Memo: Trump pours gas on tribalism with Jan. 6 rewrite Trump: Tech giants 'immune from so many different things, but they're not immune from the lawsuit' MORE" that the Judiciary Committee Democrats' report defining the impeachable offenses against President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' 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 PelosiCapitol riot defendants have started a jail newsletter: report On The Money: Biden asks Congress to extend eviction ban with days until expiration | Economic growth rose to 6.5 percent annual rate in second quarter Top Democrat: 'A lot of spin' coming from White House on infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOfficers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe Five things to watch as Jan. 6 panel begins its work 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 BidenCDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden urges local governments to stave off evictions MORE sparked the inquiry in the House.