Collins accusing Democrats of 'tearing down a world leader'

Collins accusing Democrats of 'tearing down a world leader'
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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.) accused House Democrats Wednesday of “tearing down a world leader” by contradicting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s denial that he had felt pressured by President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE.

Collins, in his opening statement during the House Judiciary Committee's markup of articles of impeachment, said panel Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTop Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence House passes bill to protect pregnant workers House Democrats postpone vote on marijuana decriminalization bill MORE’s (D-N.Y.) opening statement was “one of the most amazing takedowns” of Zelensky that “I have ever seen.”

“When they can’t make their argument that the president pressured Mr. Zelensky, they then attack Mr. Zelensky and then say he was pressured when Mr. Zelensky on numerous occasions has said, 'I have not been pressured,' ” Collins said.

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He added that by continuing with the articles of impeachment, the Democrats are accusing Zelensky of being “a liar.”

“The majority is saying Mr. Zelensky is a liar, and we in this body — the Democrats are tearing down a world leader in the eyes of those that don’t like him and his own country and Russia who is attacking him,” the Georgia representative said.

Zelensky has denied that he felt pressured during the July 25 phone call when Trump asked Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Republicans face tough decision on replacing Ginsburg What Senate Republicans have said about election-year Supreme Court vacancies Biden says Ginsburg successor should be picked by candidate who wins on Nov. 3 MORE, days after withholding military aid from the country.

A whistleblower report on the phone call sparked the impeachment inquiry in the House, which has continued since September. The Democrats brought articles of impeachment forward Tuesday, and a Judiciary Committee vote is planned for Thursday. A full vote in front of the House could come as early as next week.