As Congress prepares to return on Monday following their August recess, the committee, led by Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), is planning to vote this week on a measure that would define an impeachment inquiry, as IJR reported.
However, Collins, a ranking member, blasted the committee’s Democrats for the continued impeachment effort during Sunday’s interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“They have portrayed themselves in just a terrible way over the last eight months, and they keep digging their hole,” Collins said.
“This is really pathetic. Nothing like this has ever happened in the House before. Again, they are trying to chart new ground when they don’t want to do what they know they have to do. If they really want to do this, they have to bring impeachment to the floor. This is simply a show, it is a travesty, and frankly, they should be ashamed.”
Collins noted that Democrats can change committee rules as long it wouldn’t violate House of Representative rules.
However, he said that Democrats went “so far” to claim to the court “that they had proper procedures in place for grand jury material and sensitive material.”
“They made a filing in court saying this happened. We made a letter to him saying ‘you don’t have this,’ now this resolution seems to be addressing that issue. I want to know if they’re going to go back to court and say, ‘Sorry judge we lied.'”
Watch Collins’ interview below:
Additionally, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham also responded to the push by Democrats on the committee, as she said, “Sadly, it’s just more of the same from the Democrats,” according to CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller.
Grisham added, “They should be focusing on the needs of our country, instead, their obsessive vendetta against this president continues.”
Although at least 134 House Democrats tossed their support behind impeachment, it fell way short of the 218 votes required for the approval of an impeachment resolution, as IJR reported.