Doug Collins among 8 House members named to Trump impeachment team

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U.S. Rep. Doug Collins is one of eight Republican congressmen who will assist President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.

The announcement Monday night said these representatives will serve as part of Trump’s team “working to combat this hyper-partisan and baseless impeachment.” The trial is set to commence Tuesday afternoon.

It does not appear that Collins, who lives in Gainesville, or the other members will actively participant in arguing the case before the Senate. Earlier in the weekend, Trump announced the team of lawyers who will handle that job.

However, Monday’s announcement says these GOP representatives have already been providing guidance as attorneys prepare for trial. “The President looks forward to their continued participation and is confident that the Members will help expeditiously end this brazen political vendetta on behalf of the American people,” the release said.

In addition to Collins, the other House members who joined Trump’s team are: U.S. Reps. Mike Johnson of Louisiana, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Debbie Lesko of Arizona, Mark Meadows of North Carolina, John Ratcliffe of Texas, Elise Stefanik of New York and Lee Zeldin of New York.

It is unclear how serving as an impeachment adviser will affect Collins’ timeline for deciding if he will run against U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler in November’s special election. The trial is expected to span over several weeksT.