Judiciary GOP Attack Plan Will Look Different Than Nunes’ Conspiracy-Heavy Approach

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 08: udiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) delivers remarks during a mark-up hearing during a mark-up hearing where members may vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in c... WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 08: udiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) delivers remarks during a mark-up hearing during a mark-up hearing where members may vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not providing an un-redacted copy of special prosecutor Robert Mueller's report in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill May 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. Just before Wednesday's hearing President Donald Trump announced that he will invoke executive privilege over all the materials Nadler subpoenaed, including the Mueller report and its underlying evidence. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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December 3, 2019 8:03 a.m.

House Judiciary Republicans plan to take a different approach to impeachment proceedings this week, ditching the conspiracy-laced tactics followed by House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-CA).

According to Politico Playbook, House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins (R-GA) will lead the Republicans’ counterpunch efforts by forcing Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) into a slew of procedural fights, harping on the legal definition of terms like “bribery.” Republicans reportedly believe that Nadler will be a bit easier to rattle than House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA).

The minority members also plan to rely heavily on attack dogs like Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and John Ratcliffe (R-TX), who are on the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. Jordan was recruited last minute to join the Intelligence Committee because of his track record as a public defender of President Trump. Collins is expected to be the main press liaison, Playbook reported.

Republicans also plan to continue criticizing the process House Democrats have followed for the impeachment inquiry. While Republicans are allowed to bring in one witness for the Judiciary Committee hearings, they plan to complain about ignored requests to bring in fact witnesses before the Intelligence Committee. They’ll also try to discredit Schiff’s report on the Intelligence Committee’s findings, arguing that the process is unfair.

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