Adam Schiff first witness for House Judiciary Committee Republicans, Doug Collins says

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The hearing, the first in a series of proceedings expected before the committee, will hear testimony on the impeachment process established under the U.S. Constitution from a panel of legal experts that has yet to be named.

"Adam Schiff is the author of this report, he's the author of many things", Mr. Collins, Georgia Republican and top Republican on the judiciary committee, told "Fox News Sunday".

"I'm representing our Nation in London in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, although the Democrats are holding the most absurd Impeachment hearings ever", that he tweeted.

Collins said there were "more than four times as many witnesses" during the Bill Clinton impeachment hearings and a balanced ratio of people brought in to testify in that ultimately unsuccessful impeachment process.

Nadler informed in the letter that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is preparing a report summarizing the evidence his House Intelligence Committee gathered in the present inquiry and will transmit to the Judiciary Committee soon after Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess. Add Impeachment Inquiry as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Impeachment Inquiry news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Asked Sunday if he sees anything wrong with Trump asking Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden, a request that is the focus of the ongoing impeachment inquiry, Collins defended the president.

The Judiciary Committee gave the White House until Sunday evening to decide whether Trump or his attorneys would attend.

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After December 4, the Judiciary panel, which could recommend a full House impeachment vote before Christmas, is expected to hold a hearing to examine the evidence report and further proceedings to consider formal articles of impeachment.

Nadler said in a letter that Trump "has a choice to make: he can take this opportunity to be represented in the impeachment hearings, or he can stop complaining about the process".

He tweeted Saturday: 'I will be representing our Country in London at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, while the Democrats are holding the most ridiculous Impeachment hearings in history. "Hearings scheduled on same dates as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation!" he wrote.

"Why would they want to participate in just another rerun?" asked Collins, noting that the Judiciary Committee previously heard from constitutional scholars on impeachable offenses during special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the panel's chairman, has not yet named the witnesses, prompting protests from Collins, despite the matter being handled in accordance with House rules. "This is why this is a problematic exercise and simply a made-for-TV event coming on Wednesday".

"They want to ... play a political game and tie the process up in the courts as long as they can and run the clock out", she said.

To McClintock, Trump was using "the blunt talk of a Manhattan businessman" and "was entirely within his constitutional authority" in his dealings with Ukraine's leader.

"We are here at this moment right now because the president chose to pressure foreign government to target an American citizen for political gain and at the same time withhold $391 million in military aid from a very vulnerable Ukraine", Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) told Wallace on Fox News Sunday.

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