In an appearance on Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday,” Collins told host Chris Wallace that he wants Schiff to testify because “Adam Schiff is the author of this report. Adam Schiff has been the author of many things, a lot of them found to be false over the past couple of years.”
Watch his comments below:
It’s easy to hide behind a gavel. Adam Schiff needs to testify in Judiciary, answering questions from Democrats, Republicans, and the White House—just like Ken Starr did.— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) December 1, 2019
This is crucial since Schiff has refused to share evidence that all House Members should be able to see. pic.twitter.com/DoUoBIUU2m
The House Intelligence Committee, which held a series of hearings in the impeachment probe, is expected to release its report on its investigation into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine sometime this week.
The House Judiciary Committee will then hold a new round of hearings, which Trump and his counsel would be allowed to participate in.
Collins said that Schiff “needs” to testify and that if he does doesn’t, he would question the accuracy of the committee’s report.
“He has put himself into that position. If he chooses not to, then I really question his veracity and what he’s putting in his report. I question his motives for why he’s doing it.”
He continued to suggest that Schiff’s reasoning for pushing for impeachment hearings might be exposed as a purely political ploy if Schiff is cross-examined in hearings.
“It’s easy to hide behind a report. It’s easy to hide behind a gavel in the Intelligence Committee behind-closed-door hearings. But it’s going to be another thing to actually get up and have to answer questions about what his staff knew, how he knew, what he knew about the whistleblower report.”
Collins went on to blast his Democratic colleagues, claiming that they’re rushing the impeachment process for a “made for TV event.”
“Why are they hiding the stuff from us? 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 sixth, 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.”
The Judiciary Committee announced it would hold its first round of hearings on November 4 and gave Trump till November 6 to decide whether he will participate in the hearings.