While sitting next to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), ranking member Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) went off in force on Nadler and his Democratic colleagues over their continued subpoenas.
This left the Republican congressman to lay into congressional Democrats’ continued push on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — even after he concluded no collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government.
In his opening statement on Tuesday, Collins knocked his colleagues for “running over the norms of congressional oversight.”
The lawmaker pointed to the conclusions of Mueller’s 22-month investigation while noting that Democrats are “trying desperately to make something out of nothing” with it:
“This is becoming a pattern. The chairman knew this, I believe, when he sent the subpoena last month, but instead of inviting the witness to testify voluntarily and working with McGahn’s counsel to find a mutually agreeable time and scope for the testimony, the chairman rushed to maximize headlines by issuing a subpoena. That subpoena was the third in just four months — more subpoenas than the prior chairman issued in six years.”
Collins blasted Nadler for allegedly being “more interested in the fight than fact-finding.”
“When we don’t get what we want, we subpoena,” Collins remarked. “[…] Then everything else has become a race to get a headline.”
The congressman slammed Nadler for “tearing at the fabric of congressional oversight.”
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However, Nadler didn’t back down.
“We will not allow the president to block congressional subpoenas, putting himself and his allies above the law,” Nadler said during Tuesday’s hearing. “[…] We will hold this president accountable, one way or the other.”
The House voted on May 8 to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt after he refused to provide Mueller’s full unredacted report — which, as IJR Red reported, witnesses said he would’ve broken the law if he did so.