Rep. Doug Collins blasted Democrats for holding another hearing with an empty chair as another Trump official refused to comply with a subpoena to appear.
The House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member unloaded on his Democratic colleagues Tuesday, detailing the real reason they wanted to question former White House lawyer Don McGahn, and accusing them in a blistering speech of “trying desperately to make something out of nothing.”
“Here we go again. The theater is open and the summations are coming in. In fact, right now we’re going to begin running over the norms of Congressional oversight,” the Georgia Republican said during Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Collins referred to Chairman Jerry Nadler in his remarks and his warning that former White House Counsel Don McGahn would face the consequences of refusing to comply with a subpoena to appear.
“He read McGahn’s testimony beautifully but he left out what he doesn’t want to have to come back to, and the frustrating thing that has brought us here again and again and again, and that is the conclusions,” Collins said. “There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. There’s nothing here.
“Because the report failed to provide damning evidence or information against the president, the majority claims we need to dig deeper. Deeper than the two years of investigation by what is considered a prosecutorial dream team because that probe ended without criminal charges against the president or his family,” the Republican ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee continued in his scathing commentary.
“The special counsel closed up shop without giving Democrats anything to deliver to their base,” he said. “Now the Democrats are trying desperately to make something out of nothing which is why the chairman has again haphazardly subpoenaed today’s witnesses.”
Collins slammed Nadler for trying to “maximize headlines” with the multiple subpoenas.
“This is becoming a pattern,” he said. “The chairman knew this when he sent the subpoena last month but instead of inviting him to testify voluntarily the chairman rushed to maximize headlines by issuing a subpoena. That subpoena was the third in just four months. More subpoenas than the prior chairman issued in six years.”
Collins further noted that Nadler chose not to take any of “several ways out here,” all of which apparently would not have been as exciting as the drama built up into heading to Tuesday’s hearing, knowing McGahn – like Attorney General William Barr – would not show up.
House Democrats again made a dramatic show out of McGahn’s absence, leaving his name set before and empty chair in the chamber as was the case with Barr.
— The Hill (@thehill) May 21, 2019
Collins noted that, thankfully, there was no sign of any chicken this time, referring to Rep. Steve Cohen’s antics earlier this month when he brought a ceramic chicken to the House chamber and a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, which he proceeded to eat at the early morning hearing in an effort to spin Barr’s no-show as an indication that he was afraid to testify before the House Committee.
House Dem attempts to goad Barr, brings chicken props to mock no-show and starts chowing down https://t.co/qQ4v2YTIQu
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 2, 2019
“Even gaveling in today’s hearing without a witness is theatrical. The cameras love the spectacle,” Collins said Tuesday. “I just am glad today to see that we don’t have chicken on the dais.”
The congressman accused Nadler and Democrats of wanting the show more than substance.
“The chairman orchestrated today’s confrontation when he could have avoided it because he’s more interested in the fight than the fact-finding,” he said, citing special counsel Robert Mueller’s report as an example.
“More than 99 percent of the Justice Department has offered to the chairman, for an entire month the chairman has refused to look at it. The Attorney General who volunteered to testify before the committee, the chairman changed the rules for the first time in the committee’s 200-year history, thus blocking General Barr from testifying,” he added.
“I cannot emphasize this enough. The track record demonstrates he does not actually want information,” Collins concluded.