U.S. Rep. Doug Collins is the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. Elected to Congress in 2012, Collins represents north Georgia's 9th district. He has become one of President Trump's most ardent supporters ... and one of the most vocal critics of Democrat-led impeachment efforts. The president asked Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to appoint Collins to replace the retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson. Kemp is appointing business executive Kelly Loeffler instead. Regardless, Collins may run for the Senate

Georgia’s Collins: Impeachment move is example of ‘lowest depths of partisanship’

President Donald Trump’s most ardent defender in the U.S. House wrote a scathing dissent of the Judiciary Committee’s recommendation that the 45th president be impeached.

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, who represents North Georgia’s 9th Congressional District, has already gained national attention for his biting rebuttals of the Judiciary Committee’s impeachment proceedings, a committee on which he is the ranking member. 

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On Monday, the committee released its full, 658-page report, in which it charged Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. In that report, Collins wrote a dissenting opinion, in which he stated the Democratic majority’s desire to impeach is “rooted less in a concern for the nation than the debasement of the president.

Read Collins’ dissenting view here:

“History will record the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump as a signal that even the gravest constitutional remedy is not beyond political exploitation,” Collins wrote.

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“The majority’s actions are unprecedented, unjustifiable and will only dilute the significance of the dire recourse that is impeachment. If partisan passions are not restrained, the House of Representatives will be thrown into an endless cycle of impeachment, foregoing its duty to legislate and usurping the place of the American people in electing their president.”

On Tuesday, the House Rules Committee is expected to determine the ground rules for an overall House vote on impeachment, which could happen Wednesday.

U.S. House Democrats have drafted two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. House leaders are charging the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. They announced the articles of impeachment on Dec. 10, 2019. A full House impeachment vote could come before Christmas. If passed, the president would face a Senate trial in 2020, a presidential election year.

Trump faces two articles of impeachment by House Democrats: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. They point to Trump pressuring Ukraine to investigate 2020 political rival Joe Biden while withholding as leverage military aid the country relies to counter Russia as well as his efforts to block the House investigation.

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A Senate impeachment trial could begin as soon as Jan. 9.

Trump would become only the third U.S. president to be impeached, following Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. The House Judiciary Committee had passed articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, who resigned before the full House could vote.

Impeachment was established in the U.S. Constitution as a way to accuse a president of a crime and then hold a trial to determine if guilty. The first step requires a U.S. House member to introduce an impeachment resolution. The House speaker directs the judiciary committee to hold a hearing to decide whether to put the full measure to a vote by the full chamber. A majority of the committee must approve the resolution. If approved, it moves to a full vote on the House floor. If a majority of the House vot

“The president has neither abused his power granted to him by the American people nor obstructed Congress,” Collins concluded. “The majority has failed to prove a case for impeachment. In fact, the paltry record on which the majority relies is an affront to the constitutional process of impeachment and will grave consequences for future presidents. 

“The majority’s tactics and behavior ... emulate the charade impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, a president impeached because the House of Representatives did not agree with his policies.”

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