GOP lawmaker closes: Impeachment a 'scam,' Judiciary a 'rubber stamp'

GOP lawmaker closes: Impeachment a 'scam,' Judiciary a 'rubber stamp'
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The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee closed his remarks on Monday be calling his Democratic-run panel a “rubber stamp” for impeachment, harshly criticizing Democrats for what he described as a “partisan” inquiry.

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsWin by QAnon believer creates new headaches for House GOP Andrew Clyde wins Georgia GOP runoff to replace Doug Collins New poll shows tight presidential race in Georgia MORE (R-Ga.) who repeatedly criticized Democrats during the nearly 10-hour hearing, also called the inquiry a "scam" and noted that by the end of Monday's hearing, the audience was headed for the exits. 

“If you look around the room, this is what is happening to the American people, by the end of the day most in the back left, most of the members of the media are begging to go somewhere else, because at the end of the day your case isn’t made,” Collins said of Democrats.

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Collins said the impeachment of President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE differs from past impeachments because the facts are not agree to. 

“These are disputed facts, it will be the first impeachment that is partisan on facts that are not agreed to, that is the state in which the Judiciary has become, we have become a rubber stamp...when we willingly accept from someone else a project or a report that we don’t investigate ourselves,” Collins said, referring to the impeachment investigation report from the House Intelligence Committee. 

Democrats have sought to make the case that President Trump abused the power of his office for political gain by seeking to pressure Ukraine's government to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE, a 2020 presidential candidate.

They also say security aid to Ukraine was delayed as a part of that effort.

Republicans argue the aid was eventually delivered, and that there is no evidence of a "quid pro quo" that Ukraine investigate Biden for that country's leader to get a meeting with Trump, or to get security aide. 

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Some witnesses, however, have drawn links between Trump's desire for an investigation of Biden and both aid to Ukraine and a meeting between Trump and that country's president. 

The House may vote on Trump's impeachment before the end of next week.

In discussing potential future Judiciary Committee impeachment hearings, Collins took time to thank GOP counsel Stephen Castor and Ashley Callen for their work on the impeachment investigation, saying that he wanted to do this now since Democrats did not seem likely to schedule a minority day of hearings, something repeatedly requested by Republicans.