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Rep. Doug Collins (Ga.), the top GOP member of the House Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is the most important witness Republicans want to question in the upcoming phase of the impeachment inquiry.

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While I have no doubt that Nadler will refuse to allow the GOP call Schiff as a witness, given prior precedent with Jaworski and Starr being called to testify about their reports, the Dems blocking a request that Schiff testify about the contents of his report will not be a good look for them.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-12-01 04:55 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

"[Schiff] has put himself into that position," Collins added. "If he chooses not to [testify], then I really have to question his veracity in what he's putting in his report."

"It's easy to hide behind a report," Collins said. "But it's going to be another thing to actually get up and have to answer questions."

Just a set up for truck loads of Republican straw.

Ridiculous nonsense from ridiculous idiots.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-01 06:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

"The premise of your question is based on witnesses who agree with your premise," Collins responded, saying that he himself did not agree.

Wallace continued to press Collins, asking whether aid being conditioned on an investigation of the Bidens would be an impeachable offense.

"I do not believe it, so I'm not going to answer a hypothetical which is designed to simply say that the president did something improper," Collins replied, adding that "he did nothing improper."

A country that elects this kind of idiot deserves to fail.

His first line allows willful ignorance to ignore anything one wants.

The second is just plain stupid. The situation with Trump isn't a theoretical. There are stated facts about his behavior that have been corroborated by multiple sources.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-01 06:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

@#1 ... the Dems blocking a request that Schiff testify about the contents of his report will not be a good look for them. ...

The Republicans are focusing on everything else except that which Pres Trump has allegedly done, and that deflection focus is hurting the Republicans.

If that telephone call were so "perfect," why are the Republicans trying to talk about everything else besides what was discussed on that phone call?

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-12-01 07:31 PM | Reply

#3-5

So let me get this straight...Nadler tells the GOP that they can call witnesses he approves, the Senior Member of Judiciary discusses who they want to call as a witness, and you guys lose your shht because he is, as per precedent, saying he wants to call the author of the Impeachment Report as a witness.

SMFH

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-12-01 10:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

LOL, #2-4

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-12-01 10:30 PM | Reply

@#5 So let me get this straight...

If you really, really want to get this straight, look at the whole, not the part that supports your opinion.

Let me ask you... why is the GOP so afraid to support Pres Trump's actions with evidence that he did not commit an impeachable offense?

Why all the deflection?


#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-12-01 10:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

SMFH

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter

Got an itch or something?

Because that stupid post didn't say a damned thing to address the posts you claimed to be addressing.

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-01 10:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Why all the deflection?
#7 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

You're innocent until proven guilty.

Republican tactic, obfuscate and muddy the waters.

Deflection is at the heart of that strategy.

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-12-01 10:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This will backfire like there phony Benghazi hearing did.
Bring it back on Russiapublicans!

#10 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-12-01 10:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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This will backfire like there phony Benghazi hearing did.
Bring it back on Russiapublicans!

#11 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-12-01 10:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#8 ... Because that stupid post didn't say a damned thing to address the posts you claimed to be addressing. ...

Unfortunately, that seems to be all the Republicans have of late to support Pres Trump.

#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-12-01 11:01 PM | Reply

"and you guys lose your shht "

I don't think anyone lost their shht. More like pointed out if Collins is going to be as bizzaro world as his Fox appearance, he deserves to be exposed, pointed to, and laughed at.

Do you at least agree with JPW's assessments of Collins' first and second lines?

But call Schiff. Republicans can't look worse than they did during Vindman and Fiona Hill.

#13 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-12-01 11:05 PM | Reply

Ridiculous nonsense from ridiculous idiots.

Yea, Turnabout is fair play.... America is tired of calling wolf...

When it's apparent that Joe and Hunter Biden are as corrupt as hell.... and so are the Democrats who are cashing in on all the UKRAINE American tax money...

The only thing Trump did wrong was trying to find out how American Tax money to Ukraine ended up in Joe Biden's and the Democrats pockets....

#14 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-12-02 06:34 AM | Reply | Funny: 7

This will backfire like there phony Benghazi hearing did.

#10 | Posted by aborted_monson

The Trumpites are running a bluff. They don't want Donald to testify, he's too stupid. They don't want Shiff to testify, he's too smart. The chances the man would hand their heads back to them is too great.

#15 | Posted by Zed at 2019-12-02 08:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Yea, Turnabout is fair play.... America is tired of calling wolf...

No offense, but you're stupid if you think the past three years have been "crying wolf".

And don't presume to speak for America. It's a sure sign you're trying to make your dumb opinion sound more meaningful than it is.

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-02 08:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

When it's apparent that Joe and Hunter Biden are as corrupt as hell....

#14 | Posted by Pegasus a

No, it's not. Not at all. More instant mythology in defense of God-Emperor Trump.

#17 | Posted by Zed at 2019-12-02 08:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

When it's apparent that Joe and Hunter Biden are as corrupt as hell....

#14 | Posted by Pegasus a

It isn't apparent Trump is corrupt?

I think the scheme, and I'm far from the first to say this, is to paint everyone as being corrupt so that people will throw up their hands in disgust and walk away from Trump.

I have an elegant solution. Deal with the man in power first (Trump), the man who wants power second (Joe), and the man without power last (Hunter).

Just one of these people has a chance to be convicted.

#18 | Posted by Zed at 2019-12-02 08:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

When it's apparent that Joe and Hunter Biden are as corrupt as hell.... and so are the Democrats who are cashing in on all the UKRAINE American tax money...

#14 | POSTED BY PEGASUS

Do you have any EVIDENCE to support your assertion? Because, as far as I can tell, the even the Barr DoJ REFUSED to open an investigation into the Bidens.

Oh, Oh... I know. BARR is ALSO in the pockets of the "Dems" and the "Bidens". And the are funneling all that "UKRAINE American tax money" through the basement of the pedo pizza parlor, right? Sounds like another "patriot" will feel the need to go shoot up a pizza parlor (that doesn't even HAVE a basement) to "follow the money".

Lol. You are so pathetic.

#19 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-12-02 10:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#14 | Posted by Pegasus

You are worried about corruption and you support Trump? LMAO!

BTW - What did the company that hired Hunter get out of it? What did Joe Biden do for them? Companies hire people like Hunter all the time. Yes they certainly do so hoping to get influence out of the deal. Is it illegal? Nope. Should it be? Nope, but it's not really ethical no matter what.

Is influence peddling illegal? Yep. Now show us the crime. What did the company get out of Joe Biden for hiring his son?

I'm sure I will hear crickets. Because there's no evidence of wrongdoing on his part or the former vice president's.

#20 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-12-02 01:42 PM | Reply

Schiff's response should be: I'll testify after Trump testifies.

#21 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2019-12-02 02:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Got it. Biden having his son on a board of a company in a country where the US pushed them upping output to help that company is not influence peddling. Then it's OK for Eric Trump (equally unqualified) to take Hunter's seat. Got it.

#22 | Posted by Nuke_Gently at 2019-12-02 02:26 PM | Reply

#22 | POSTED BY NUKE_GENTLY

Hunter Biden did not have influence. Joe Biden did. If Joe Biden had used his influence specifically to help Burisma (because his son was on the board), then that would have been wrong. But there is absolutely ZERO evidence that he did so. If you have said evidence, PLEASE show it. I am extremely confident that if such evidence were presented, Joe Biden would not get the democratic nomination.

And if Burisma wants to hire Eric Trump, they can do so. And Eric could take that positions since there is nothing preventing him to do so. BUT, if Trump ever showed FAVOR to Burisma or specifically helped them (because his son was on the board), THAT would be wrong.

Though, Republicans don't think that there is any level of corruption that would be "impeachable" for a conservative president (or, for that matter, ANYTHING at all that would be impeachable for a conservative president) so saying it would "be wrong" doesn't actually mean anything. Since conservatives would never fulfill their congressional obligation to provide a check on the executive branch. The most they would do is say "Trump, that was a VERY naughty thing to do" and then move on. So, for a liberal president, it would "be wrong" and you could expect the legislative branch to hold them accountable. But for a conservative president, it would just be business as usual.

#23 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-12-02 02:55 PM | Reply

"So let me get this straight...Nadler tells the GOP that they can call witnesses he approves, the Senior Member of Judiciary discusses who they want to call as a witness, and you guys lose your shht because he is, as per precedent, saying he wants to call the author of the Impeachment Report as a witness."

I tell them they can call anyone they want as long as the President and all of those he has told not to testify are ordered by Trump to honestly say what they know. Republlicans are ignoring Congressional subpoenas all over the place yet they have the nerve to pretend they are being treated unfairly.

#24 | Posted by danni at 2019-12-02 04:25 PM | Reply

"will not be a good look for them."

Not a good look for Collins:

Georgia Governor Picks Crypto CEO for Senate Seat, Defying Trump

December 2, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

President lobbied for appointment of loyalist Collins

Trump had been pressing Kemp to appoint Representative Doug Collins, who has been a vocal defender of the president during the House impeachment inquiry. The Wall Street Journal reported that Kemp and Trump had a tense meeting at the White House Nov. 24 where the president outlined his objections to Loeffler, mainly that she was politically untested.

Another Trump supporter in the House, Florida Representative Matt Gaetz, warned Kemp last week that he might face a primary challenger if he defied Trump by not selecting Collins.

www.bloomberg.com

#25 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-02 05:14 PM | Reply

Collins should call a tailor, to help Jim Jordan (R-Waffle House) find a suit coat...

#26 | Posted by catdog at 2019-12-02 05:19 PM | Reply

We'll make a deal: You get to call Adam Schiff, and we get to call Donald Trump. Any takers among the GOP?... I didn't think so.

#27 | Posted by moder8 at 2019-12-02 05:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

ZED @ #15

"The Trumpites are running a bluff. They don't want Donald to testify, he's too stupid. They don't want Schiff to testify, he's too smart. The chances the man would hand their heads back to them is too great."

All newsworthy . . . but I believe they'd try because all they really want is an opportunity to back Schiff into a corner and try to force him to give up the whistleblower's name. Trump has been obsessed with this from day one and, as we all know, Trump will be calling the shots for the defense. He desperately needs that name to discredit the whistleblower as a new line of defense . . . not to mention Trump's deranged penchant to wreak revenge on anybody who speaks out against him.

#28 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-12-02 10:49 PM | Reply

""My first and foremost witness is Adam Schiff," said Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee."

Hmmmmm ~ I'm not sure how that would work if Adam Schiff is chosen to be the Dem's prosecuting attorney. He does have experience at successfully prosecuting some tough impeachment cases.

#29 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-12-02 11:02 PM | Reply

So let me get this straight...Nadler tells the GOP that they can call witnesses he approves, the Senior Member of Judiciary discusses who they want to call as a witness, and you guys lose your shht because he is, as per precedent, saying he wants to call the author of the Impeachment Report as a witness.
SMFH

#5 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

Nunes also released a report (supposedly exonerating Trump). Does this mean that Nadler can subpoena Nunes to testify under oath?

#30 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-12-03 10:12 AM | Reply

but I believe they'd try because all they really want is an opportunity to back Schiff into a corner and try to force him to give up the whistleblower's name.

I don't think that is it. Repubs want to fill the vacuum that would be there if they said nothing. It doesn't matter what it is as long as their dim witted constituents have something to justify their continued support for Trump.

#31 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2019-12-03 03:25 PM | Reply

FEDUP

I don't think that's the ONLY it. So far the only "it" they have is to attack the process vis-a-vie Schiff . . . which is pretty weak gruel. The Repubs desperately need a "gotcha moment" and Schiff knows the name of the whistleblower. That would open up a whole new line of defense for Trump's team.

#32 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-12-04 03:31 AM | Reply

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