The side of a milk carton is traditionally reserved for photos of those who have gone missing — but this time, it isn’t a small child who can’t be found. Instead, it’s House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
At an impeachment hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Monday, Republicans on the panel displayed a poster depicting Schiff as a “missing” person after the California Democrat refused to testify before the committee as part of Democrats’ ongoing impeachment inquiry, the New York Post reported.
— New York Post (@nypost) December 9, 2019
For their part, Republicans want to hear from Schiff about his panel’s efforts to investigate alleged wrongdoing by President Donald Trump. Schiff has long said that Trump deserves to be impeached, but instead of appearing at a House Judiciary Committee hearing to explain why — which the GOP never really thought Schiff would do — the Intel panel chairman sent Daniel Goldman, “who presented the evidence gathered against Trump for the Democrats,” according to the Post.
This move earned Schiff some harsh criticism from Georgia Republican Doug Collins.
“Adam Schiff, when he told us he wasn’t going to come — instead hiding behind his staff — he also told us that we’re [going to] keep investigating because they know this is going nowhere in the Senate and they’re desperate to have an impeachment vote on this president,” Rep. Collins said on Monday.
Collins had requested that Judiciary panel Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) compel Schiff to testify, but Nadler rejected that idea in a letter dated Dec. 9. Quoting Schiff, Nadler said Collins’ requests fell “outside of the parameters of the impeachment inquiry.”
“This inquiry is not, and will not serve…as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens or 2016 that the [p]resident pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit, or to facilitate the [p]resident’s effort to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistleblower who raised the initial alarm,” Nadler quotes Schiff as saying.
Nadler adds: “I concur in Chairman Schiff’s assessment.”
“The facts really do not matter”
As expected, that memo from Nadler didn’t sit well with Collins, and at a hearing in the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the Republican used his opening statement to blast Democrats’ impeachment effort.
“Since the day President Trump was elected, Democrats have engaged in a crusade to impeach [Trump], and the facts really do not matter,” Collins railed, according to CBS News.
Luckily, Collins says, “the American people, to their credit, aren’t buying it.”