Dem Counsel Won’t Explain Investigation, Collins Points Out ‘That’s the Problem’ With Impeachment Inquiry
Collins wants Adam Schiff to testify.
House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins had a tense back-and-forth with Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman “over the House Intelligence Committee releasing call logs from Giuliani and his indicted associate Lev Parnas that showed conversations with Nunes and conservative journalist John Solomon.”
WATCH: Rep. Collins engages in tense exchange with Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman over how phone numbers made it into impeachment report:
Goldman: “I’m not going to reveal how we conducted this investigation.”
Collins: “And that’s the problem we have with this entire thing.” pic.twitter.com/6qyqa3LV2W
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 9, 2019
From NBC News:
Pressed on who looked for Nunes’ phone number in the call information they received, which appeared to come from subpoenas the committee made to AT&T, Goldman said he would not address how they conducted the investigation. On why it was decided to include the information in the report, Goldman said it was peripheral evidence to the probe and that questions about the calls were better addressed to the individuals who were actually on the calls.
“I’m done with you right now,” Collins said to Goldman at one point when Goldman was trying to expand upon an answer. Minutes earlier, Republicans were criticizing Democrats for “badgering” their counsel, Castor.
Collins also pushed Goldman to say who authorized the release of the phone call information in the report, to which Goldman said he would not address specific deliberations of the investigation.
At another point, Collins criticized Goldman for suggesting Sondland landed his ambassadorship because he was a major Trump donor. Sondland donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration.
“Mr. Goldman, you’re a great attorney, but you’re not Adam Schiff and you don’t wear a pin,” Collins said. Gaetz later jumped in, shouting at Goldman that Republicans “want Schiff in that chair and not you.”
In conclusion, Goldman tried to offer a closing statement in the exchange but Collins cut him off, saying, “you won’t answer my questions, so we’re done.
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