A senior Republican congressman blasted the impeachment inquiry for appearing to stem from the Democrats’ failed bid for presidency at the last election.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) has questioned the impartiality of House Democrats who led the impeachment investigation, because the probe appeared to start not long after former presidential candidate Hiliary Clinton (D) suffered a major voter swing against her at the 2016 general election.
“[The impeachment] did not start with [former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert] Mueller, it did not start with a phone call,” Collins told the public hearing on Dec. 4 according to ABC News. “You know where this started? It started with tears in Brooklyn in November 2016, when an election was lost.”
Collins, who is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, believes Clinton’s shock defeat triggered the present day impeachment hearings. He said the hearings reminded him of the last impeachment inquiry against her husband and then President Bill Clinton (D).
“This is where we are at today, so the interesting thing that I come to with almost everybody here is this may be a new time and place, and we may be all scrubbed up and looking pretty for impeachment,” he said.
He claimed the current impeachment investigation will fail to impeach the president and should not continue because Democrats are forcing the outcome of the presidential election to change in the party’s favor.
“This is not an impeachment, this is just a simple railroad job and today’s is just a waste of time because this is where we are at,” Collins said. “We are here [with] no plan, no fat win this is simply being a rubber stamp for what we have but hey, we have law professors here. What a start of a party.”
Donald Trump separately urged the Democrats to admit it took out of context parts from a transcribed phone call between the president and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“When I said, in my phone call to the president of Ukraine, ‘I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it,’ with the word ‘us’ I am referring to the United States, our country,” the president Trump said on Twitter. “I then went on to say that ‘I would like to have the attorney general (of the United States) call you or your people.’ This, based on what I have seen, is their big point–and it is no point at all (except for a big win for me). The Democrats should apologize to the American people.”