The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, the panel that will author articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, is demanding a delay in Monday’s hearing, citing a data dump Saturday that’s “partial, biased and curated to support” Democrats’ accusations.
Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., decried the release of thousands of pages of documents to be considered from the House impeachment investigation less than 48 hours beforehand after Republicans requested them nearly a month ago.
“The information Democrats released today is partial, biased and curated to support accusations that have, to date, been thinner than cotton candy,” Collins said in a statement Saturday.
“Chairman Nadler has no choice but to postpone Monday’s hearing in the wake of a last-minute document transmission that shows just how far Democrats have gone to pervert basic fairness,” Collins added.
He charged that Democrats waited until after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced that articles of impeachment were imminent and “chose the eve of the Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing to share loads of documents” that Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has had since this investigation began.
“It is impossible for Judiciary members to sift through thousands and thousands of pages in any meaningful way in a matter of hours," said Collins.
Collins demanded a postponement of the hearing — and that Schiff release “the complete body of underlying evidence that he has concealed.”
“Under Speaker Pelosi’s leadership, House Democrats have eroded the integrity of our chamber and sacrificed the confidence of Americans who trust Congress to balance power, not abuse it.”