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Doug Collins wants Adam Schiff to testify before House Judiciary Committee

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) said Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee would have House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff testify in their impeachment hearing and claimed the parameters of the impeachment investigation were skewed against the president.
“If he chooses not to” testify, Collins said Sunday of Schiff (D-Calif.), “then I really question his veracity in what he’s putting in his report.”
The Intelligence Committee is expected to release its report on its impeachment investigation Monday. If the committee votes Tuesday to approve the findings, the Judiciary Committee will begin hearings Wednesday to draft articles of impeachment. Collins is the ranking Republican on the Judiciary panel.
Speaking with host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,“ Collins complained that Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) gave Republicans on his committee an unrealistic timeline to digest the findings of the Intelligence Committee’s report. Collins said Nadler gave them until Friday to present a list of witnesses to testify, which he said was too soon after the expected release of Schiff’s findings.
“Why are they hiding the stuff from us?” Collins said. “If they think they have such a case, give us all the materials and don’t let Jerry Nadler write a crazy letter that says on the 6th, let us know who your witnesses are. We don’t even have the information from the Intel Committee yet. This is why this is a problematic exercise and simply a made-for-TV event coming on Wednesday.”
Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, who also sits on the Judiciary Committee, said no timeline has been set but cited Speaker Nancy Pelosi in saying that they would “act expeditiously.”
“We want to give the president every opportunity to present exculpatory information,” the New York Democrat told Wallace on Sunday.
Collins maintained Trump is innocent of impeachable offenses. The president is being investigated for allegedly pressuring Ukrainian officials to launch a public investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s family in exchange for vital military aid. Some Democrats have described the efforts as bribery.
Collins said constitutional scholars had found Trump did not commit impeachable offenses after former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Mueller probe, however, dealt with ties between the Trump campaign and Russia and was unrelated to the actions under investigation by the House.
“This is a complete American waste of time right here,” Collins said. “Chris, he did nothing improper.”