Rep. Collins: “This Is Not An Impeachment, This Is Just A Simple Railroad Job”

REP. DOUG COLLINSBut you know, what I also see here is quotes like this: “There must never be a narrowly voted impeachment or impeachment supported by one of our major political parties or imposed by another. Such an impeachment will produce divisiveness, bitterness in politics for years to come and will call into question the very legitimacy of our political institutions. The American people are watching, They will not forget. You have the votes, you may have the muscle but you do not have legitimacy of a national consensus or of a constitutional imperative. The partisan coup d’état will go down in infamy in the history of the nation.” How about this one: “I think the key point is that the Republicans are still running a railroad job with no attempt at fair procedure. And today, when the democrats offered amendments, motions in committee to say, we should first adopt standards so we know what we’re dealing with, standards for impeachment that was voted down or ruled out of order. When we say the important thing is to start looking at the question before we simply have a vote with no inquiry first, that was voted down and ruled out of order. So frankly the whole question of what material should be released and what is secondary, but that’s all we discussed. The essential question, here it is, which is to set up a fair process as to whether the country put this country through an impeachment proceeding, that was ruled out of order. The Republicans refused to let us discuss it.” Those are all Chairman Nadler, before he was Chairman. I guess 20 years makes a difference.

It’s an interesting time. We’re having a fact less impeachment. You heard a one sided presentation of facts about this President. Today we’ll present the other side which will get so conveniently left out. Remember, fairness does dictate that, but maybe not here because we’re not scheduling anything else. I have a Democratic majority who has poll tested what they think they ought to call what the President they think he did. Wow, that’s not following the facts. We have just a deep seated hatred of a man who came to the White House and did what he said he was going to do. the most amazing question I got in the first three months of this gentleman’s presidency from reporters was this, can you believe he is putting forward those ideas? I said, “Yes, he ran on them. He told the truth. He did what he said.” The problem here today is this will also be one of the first impeachments, the Chairman mentioned there were two of them,  the one before he resigned, that one and Clinton. In which the facts even by Democrats and Republicans were not really disputed. In this one they’re not only disputed, they’re counter indicative of each other. There are no set facts here. In fact, there is not anything that presents an impeachment here except a president carrying out his job in the way the Constitution saw that he sees fit to do it. This is where we’re at today. the interesting thing I come to with most everybody here, is this may be a new time, a new place, and we may be scrubbed up and looking pretty for impeachment. This is not an impeachment. This is just a simple railroad job.