House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) laid into Congressional Democrats during Friday’s hearing for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, calling the hearing “pointless” and a “character assassination.”
In his opening statement, he tore into Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) for the way the hearing was arranged and why.
“We now know the reason for this hearing. It has nothing to do with oversight of DOJ,” he began. “It has everything to do, as we found out this morning in a document dump from the Democratic side of this committee and also another committee, that this is nothing more than a character assassination.”
Ranking member Doug Collins is awesome…pic.twitter.com/5oa8Ngn70X
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He then hilariously compared his observation of the “political theater” conducted by the committee Democrats to being a father and watching his children search for Easter eggs, adding that his colleagues are just trying to “do something and get at the president while we had the chance.”
“This hearing is pointless,” he continued calling the whole ordeal a sham. “If this is the way we’re going to go, then we’ll have plenty of stunts, we’re going to have plenty of theatrics. Bring your popcorn.”
“This hearing is pointless,” ranking member Rep. Doug Collins said in his opening statement. “If this is the way we’re going to go, then we’ll have plenty of stunts, we’re going to have plenty of theatrics. Bring your popcorn.” https://t.co/vJgH4lUn2E pic.twitter.com/ONgy3pGZmg
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The hearing comes as part of House Democrats’ crackdown and increase of oversight on President Donald Trump’s administration now that they’re in control of the chamber.
It also followed a Thursday threat from Whitaker to not appear amid reports that Democrats were considering issuing a subpoena to compel him to answer particular questions.
Collins, however, believes the fiasco is simply House Democrats’ way of holding their own confirmation hearing for Whitaker and told them they should have run for Senate instead if that’s what they’re interested in doing.