House Intel Committee To Vote On Approving Impeachment Probe Report On Tuesday
"It's an internal kind of time frame to try and finish this out by the end of the year because they want to get at this president right now before everybody completely sees through the process sham of the elections for next year", Collins said. Further, witness requests made by Republicans were denied.
The president and his Republican allies in Congress say the inquiry has been rushed and unfair to Mr Trump by not allowing the White House to have legal counsel present or call witnesses during weeks of closed-door testimony and open hearings before the House Intelligence Committee.
"But I can also understand how he is upset at the illegitimate process that we saw unfold in the Intelligence Committee", he added.
If the articles of impeachment are passed by the Democratic-controlled House as expected, Trump would go on trial in January in the Senate for removal from office. "So we're rushing this". The committee will hold it's first hearing Wednesday, and offered President Donald Trump the option to send someone to represent him.
Nadler's committee meets on Wednesday to begin determining whether the evidence compiled in the investigative phase of the process meets the constitutional impeachment standard of "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors". Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the panel's chairman, has not yet named the witnesses, prompting protests from Collins, despite the matter being handled in accordance with House rules. "The Committee looks forward to your participation in the impeachment inquiry as the Committee fulfills its constitutional duties". "They're already writing the articles of impeachment", the Republican lawmaker told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.
"I do believe that all evidence certainly will be included in that report so the Judiciary Committee can make the necessary decisions that they need to", said Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., a member of both the Intelligence and Judiciary committees.
The Judiciary Committee has yet to decide on how many hearings it will have or if it will call fact witnesses.
"This baseless and highly partisan inquiry violates all past historical precedent, basic due process rights, and fundamental fairness", said White House counsel Pat Cipollone, continuing the West Wing's attack on the procedural form of the impeachment proceedings.
Rep. Douglas Collins speaks during a news conference. "If he hasn't done anything wrong, we are certainly anxious to hear his explanation of that".
There were few indications of Trump's thinking Sunday morning.
If Trump is impeached, he will be only the third such president in American history.
The Democratic-led House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, tasked with considering charges known as articles of impeachment, has given the president until 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT) on Sunday to say whether he or his legal counsel will participate in an impeachment hearing on Wednesday.
The committee has yet to announce who will be on the panel.
Chairman Adam Schiff had said the report will be released "soon" after the Thanksgiving holiday and now sources have told Politico the Committee will have 24 hours to view the documents from Monday then will vote to approve it Tuesday. Then-special prosecutor Ken Starr, who was involved in the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton, had testified during the House impeachment of Clinton in the late 1990s. "It's easy to hide behind a report".