PBS NEWSHOUR: Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) is the highest-ranking Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee, which will play an important role in the impeachment process. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his impressions from the inquiry’s first public hearing, including that there was "nothing new" shared by witnesses William Taylor and George Kent, and why Adam Schiff can’t “rubber stamp” impeachment.
JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR: And what I meant to say, the word corruption, according the transcript, didn't come up in that conversation.
But just very quickly, how long do you think this process is going to take? What's your expectation?
REP. DOUG COLLINS: Well, I think, right now, what the — it looks like from Adam Schiff and what he said is, there going is to be one more hearing on — a public hearing on Friday.
Then we have set up probably eight more witnesses coming in next week to do public hearings. I think it — from their own time frame, they're trying — they're rushed on this because they're trying to get it out because they don't want to appear to be trying to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.
So you will see it come to us in December, is my understanding. But this is where it gets really challenging. If they're going to simply try to rubber-stamp it through the Judiciary Committee, I'm putting them on notice right now that will not be an easy process, because you cannot come and just simply rubber-stamp it through the Judiciary Committee, I'm putting them on notice right now that will not be an easy process, because you cannot come and just simply rubber-stamp articles of impeachment that are designed to overturn an election.
We learned nothing new today and the facts remain the same:— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) November 14, 2019
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2. There was no investigation
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