Dec 2, 2019

The House GOP's next impeachment move

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.). Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

House Republicans will try to go on the offensive this week, as both sides make closing arguments for and against the impeachment of President Trump.

The big picture: A senior House GOP aide told Axios to look for Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, to engage Chairman Jerry Nadler with "a bunch of procedural maneuvers."

Details: Collins prides himself on mastery of process and rules, and he will rely heavily on Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and John Ratcliffe of Texas to engage on substance.

  • The GOP aide told Axios: "We feel like this is our moment in the House."

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What to expect from the next phase of impeachment

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Don't hold your breath for the White House to show at this week's impeachment hearings — and it's possible they won't participate at all until the Senate trial.

What we're hearing: House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler has given the White House until 5 pm ET on Friday to decide whether President Trump will have his counsel participate.

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Top Judiciary Republican says Democrats are "making up impeachment" as they go

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, accused House Democrats of "making up impeachment as [they] go" during his opening statement in Monday's hearing.

What he's saying: Collins criticized Democrats' impeachment procedure so far, bemoaning that Judiciary had only heard from law school professors and committee staff — as Republicans on the committee argue that they'd like to hear from House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

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Read: WH declines to take part in first Judiciary impeachment hearing

President Trump at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on Nov. 28. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The White House declined in a letter Sunday the House Judiciary Committee's invitation to take part in the panel's first impeachment inquiry hearing Wednesday. But the Trump administration letter doesn't rule out participating in future hearings.