Collins grills Democratic counsel: 'Where's Adam?'

The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Schiff pushes back: Defense team knows Trump is guilty MORE (D-Calif.) should have been testifying on the evidence for impeachment on Monday, asking, "Where's Adam?"

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules This week: Raucous rules fight, opening arguments in impeachment trial MORE (R-Ga.) raised Schiff as he heatedly questioned Daniel Goldman, the House Intelligence Committee's Democratic counsel. Goldman offered evidence for President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE's impeachment from his panel's investigation during his own testimony. 

Collins called having Goldman offer the evidence a "charade."


“We’re going through this charade of staff having to answer staff questions and basically when we don’t like how it’s going we start asking staff on staff and getting into a staff argument," said Collins, referring to points during Monday's hearing that saw staff for the panel question other staff members.

"Where’s Adam? It’s his report. Mr. Goldman, you’re a great attorney, but you’re not Adam Schiff and you don’t wear a pin.”

“That’s true,” Goldman responded.



The committee’s Republicans have repeatedly called on Schiff to testify, contrasting him with special prosecutor Kenneth Starr, who testified in the House’s impeachment of President Clinton.

Schiff is one of several witnesses the minority have called on to testify, along with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump MORE’s son Hunter and former Democratic National Committee contractor Alexandra Chalupa.

Republicans also displayed signs reading “Where’s Adam?” during the Monday hearing.