So far during the impeachment inquiry, the GOP has seemingly been more interested in attacking the process rather than defending the President. While Republicans did claim that UN Ambassador Gordon Sondland exonerated Trump, Democrats completely disagreed with that assessment.
One of the key figures of both the GOP and Donald Trump’s ire has been House Intelligence Committee chairman and California congressman, Adam Schiff. While appearing on Fox News today, Georgia congressman Doug Collins said that Schiff will be the first witness the GOP calls.
The Georgia lawmaker explained to Fox News Chris Wallace why Schiff must be called. “The first person that needs to testify is Adam Schiff,” Collins said Sunday. “Adam Schiff is the author of this report.
Collins’ hope has often been rebuffed by the California congressman. Shiff recently said, “What would I offer in terms of testimony? The only reason for them to go through this is to mollify the president, and that’s not a good reason to call a member of Congress.”
After relaying Schiff’s argument, Wallace again queried Collins why the congressman would be called. The host asked, “The July 25 phone call between President Trump and [Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky] ― he never mentions corruption in Ukraine. … He just mentions investigate two Americans: Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.”
Collins again defended the President, saying, “The president looks after our tax dollars and the president is looking out for the fact, was there problems there? When we look at this process, we do not see a president who conditioned anything.”
See a clip of the segment here, courtesy of Fox News:
On FOX News Sunday: Chris asks Congressman Doug Collins if he sees anything wrong with President Trump conditioning support for Ukraine to them investigating the president's rivals. #FNS #FoxNews #Impeachment #Politics pic.twitter.com/PLDdDCudU0
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