Rep. Doug Collins punctuated his questioning time during the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing by asking Democrats a direct question.
“Where’s Adam?” he wondered, referring to the House Intelligence Committee chairman who was a no-show at Monday’s hearing.
“We’re going through this charade of staff having to answer staff questions and basically when we don’t like how it’s going we start asking staff on staff and getting into a staff argument,” the Georgia Republican said before questioning of Daniel Goldman, the House Intelligence Committee’s Democratic counsel.
“Where’s Adam? It’s his report. Mr. Goldman, you’re a great attorney, but you’re not Adam Schiff and you don’t wear a pin,” Collins said.
“That’s true,” Goldman replied.
Signs reading “Where’s Adam?” were displayed by Republicans during the Monday hearing.
Collins also had a fiery back-and-forth with Goldman over call records, pressing him about the release of call logs from President Trump’s attorney Giuliani and his now-indicted associate Lev Parnas. Conversations with Rep. Devin Nunes and journalists were also in the logs.
“That’s fine, if you don’t know, then again maybe your chairman could be here to answer this,” the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee said after the lawyer admitted he wasn’t sure about some numbers.
Goldman would not speak about how the investigation was conducted , only angering Collins more.
“I’m done with you right now,” the congressman said at one point after Goldman would not give a direct answer but sought to expand on his comments.
“You won’t answer my questions, so we’re done,” Collins concluded after the testy exchange, cutting off Goldman who attempted to deliver a closing statement.
“We already are not answering questions, and you are here without a pen because your chairman will not testify; that says all we need to hear. He doesn’t even stand behind his own report, he sends you,” Collins said, prompting the attorney to push back at what the lawmaker’s “implication” was.
“The implication is we want Schiff in that chair and not you,” Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz responded.
“The implication is the person that wrote the report is the person who should come and present it, and you weren’t elected by anybody, and you’re the one giving this testimony in place of the chairman,” Gaetz said. “I hope that clears up the implication.”
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