Rep. Doug Collins issued a harsh civics lesson to his Democratic colleagues Friday; slamming the House Judiciary Committee for avoiding their legislative duties to harass the President of the United States.
Instead of solving America’s problems or appreciating its successes, we’re spending today reciting obvious legal processes and avoiding our duty to legislate. pic.twitter.com/bMqXotnyrp
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) July 12, 2019
“We can stop this hearing right now… We’re just dragging this on. It’s not that you want to come to impeachment. If that’s what you want to do, we don’t need to discuss it. It’s a Constitutional right… Instead we come here today to have another ‘almost’ impeachment hearing,” said Rep. Collins.
“What are we not doing? Instead of this morning, when the Chairman and I have a bill on the floor that actually addresses the 9/11 fund; yesterday we spent this entire time arguing about subpoenas,” he added.
“Let’s start solving real issues instead of having theoretical college discussions on what Congress’s power is… It’s ridiculous,” said Collins.
House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler unveiled his plan this week to issue dozens of subpoenas to those involved in Robert Mueller’s “No Collusion” final report; demanding Jeff Sessions, Michael Flynn, and Jared Kushner testify before Congress.
“House Judiciary Committee Democrats announced Tuesday that they plan to authorize subpoenas later this week for a dozen individuals connected to President Trump as part of the panel’s escalating probe into obstruction of justice, public corruption and other alleged abuses by the president,” reports Fox News.
“The individuals subject to fresh subpoena are: Sessions; Rosenstein; Kushner; former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn; former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn; former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly; former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski; former White House aide Rob Porter; publisher of the National Enquirer David Pecker and chief content officer Dylan Howard; former Stormy Daniels lawyer Keith Davidson; and assistant attorney general for the criminal division Joseph Hunt,” adds Fox.
Republican Rep. Doug Collins slammed Nadler’s request, calling the move an attempt to “relitigate” the Mueller report.
“Today’s latest effort to relitigate the special counsel’s investigation remains unimpressive and unproductive. Mr. Mueller’s team issued more than 2,800 subpoenas before concluding that no Americans conspired with Russia. Even if Chairman Nadler still believes subpoenas are conversation starters, it’s hard to imagine this handful of subpoenas will do anything but reinforce the principal conclusions we’ve been able to read about for months,” Collins said in a statement.
BREAKING NOW: House Dems Revolt Against Nadler’s Committee, Vote to Hold Barr ‘In Civil Contempt’
House Democrats openly rebuked their own Judiciary Committee Tuesday; voting to hold the Attorney General in “civil contempt” hours after Chair Jerrold Nadler backed-away from a formal vote after receiving new information from the Department of Justice.
“In a party-line 229-191 vote, House Democrats on Tuesday passed a civil enforcement resolution that effectively holds Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress — just a day after a key Democrat-led committee postponed its own contempt vote and said the Justice Department was cooperating with its investigation,” reports Fox News.
BREAKING: The House votes to hold AG Barr and Don McGahn In civil contempt. Party line vote was: 229-191.
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) June 11, 2019
JUST IN: House Democrats vote to take AG Bill Barr, former White House counsel Don McGahn to court to enforce subpoenas, their most forceful action to date against the Trump administration's refusal to cooperate with congressional investigations. https://t.co/81Jjp5b4ux
— ABC News (@ABC) June 11, 2019
“The whiplash of legislative action infuriated House Republicans, who said Democrats were violating committee rules and that federal law and executive privilege prevented Barr and McGahn from turning over all the requested documents. The ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, accused his colleagues of seeking a ‘re-do’ of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation for cynical political gain,” adds the article.
Read the full report at Fox News.
Original Story: June 10, 2019
Rep. Jerrold Nadler confirmed Monday that the House Judiciary Committee will “press pause” on its efforts to hold Attorney General William Barr in Contempt of Congress.
“House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced Monday that he plans to hit pause on efforts to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt, after reaching a deal with the Justice Department for access to evidence related to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report,” reports Fox News.
Nadler’s office released a written statement hours after making an agreement with the DOJ to review more details of the Mueller report.
“I am pleased to announce that the Department of Justice has agreed to begin complying with our committee’s subpoena by opening Robert Mueller’s most important files to us, providing us with key evidence that the Special Counsel used to assess whether the President and others obstructed justice or were engaged in other misconduct,” Nadler said. “These documents will allow us to perform our constitutional duties and decide how to respond to the allegations laid out against the President by the Special Counsel.”
Just last week, Nadler refused to back-down from his renewed calls for more investigations into the Trump administration; asserting Mueller’s report had evidence of “multiple crimes.”
Rep. Jerry Nadler: "We're investigating all the things we would investigate frankly in an impeachment inquiry." pic.twitter.com/1Ljxl8BQJo
— The Hill (@thehill) June 6, 2019
“We’re investigating all of the things we would investigate, frankly, in an impeachment inquiry. We are starting with the Mueller report which shows ample evidence of multiple crimes of obstruction of justice and abuse of power. We will have testimony about that,” said Nadler.
“It may very well come to a formal impeachment inquiry, we will see,” he added.
BREAKING NOW: Rep. Collins Releases James Baker's Congressional Transcripts
Ranking GOP Member of the House Judiciary Committee Doug Collins released the Congressional testimony of former FBI general counsel James Baker Tuesday; shedding new light on the inner workings of the DOJ and the FBI leading up to the 2016 race for the White House.
“Mr. Speaker, I have released several transcripts of interviews from the Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the apparent wrongdoing at the FBI and Justice Department. Today, I am releasing another,” said Collins.
“The American people deserve transparency. They deserve to know what transpired in the highest levels of the FBI at the origin of the probe of President Trump’s campaign,” he added. “I will continue to work to release as many transcripts as possible, including the entirety of Mr. Baker’s interviews with the Judiciary Committee. The American people deserve the truth.”
Read the transcripts of Baker’s Congressional testimony here.