WASHINGTON — Rep. Debbie Lekso is joining Rep. Doug Collins, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, in his demand that the House Judiciary Committee Monday’s hearing be delayed after Democrats conducted a document dump less than 48 hours before Judiciary’s hearing scheduled to examine impeachment presentations from Intelligence and Judiciary Committees.
Collins demanded demanded Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, delay Monday’s hearing after Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Foreign Affairs Committee and Budget Committee transmitted thousands of pages of documents to House Judiciary Republicans, allowing no time for review.
Lesko backed Collins in tweet:
Not only did Nadler drop thousands of documents w/ less than 48 hours before the hearing tomorrow, many of them are classified and therefore unable to be viewed prior to the hearing.
We asked for all the documents almost a month ago, and we still haven’t gotten all of them. https://t.co/POW2uOgcLY
— Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (@RepDLesko) December 9, 2019
Rep. Andy Biggs retweeted Lesko’s tweet.
According to Collins, the document dump comes 25 days after Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee wrote to Chairman Nadler requesting all documents related to the impeachment investigation according to House Rule XI, 2(e)2(a).
Republicans received no response from the chairman until now.
“Chairman Nadler has no choice but to postpone Monday’s hearing in the wake of a last-minute document transmission that shows just how far Democrats have gone to pervert basic fairness. Nearly a month after every Republican on our committee asserted our clear right to see all underlying documents held by the committees involved in the impeachment investigation, we have received no response from the chairman. Instead, Democrats waited until after Speaker Pelosi announced that articles of impeachment were imminent and chose the eve of the Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing to share loads of documents that Chairman Schiff has had since this investigation began. It is impossible for Judiciary members to sift through thousands and thousands of pages in any meaningful way in a matter of hours,” said Collins in a press release.
“Moreover, Democrats still refuse to release all documentation in their possession, though Republicans have demanded this according to rules of the House — which Democrats themselves adopted in January.” Collins alleged, “The information Democrats released today is partial, biased and curated to support accusations that have, to date, been thinner than cotton candy.”