Collins on Mueller Hearing: 'What We're Expecting Is Another Round of What We Already Know'

By Susan Jones | July 22, 2019 | 7:01am EDT
House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

( - Rep. Doug Collings (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, said he doesn't expect much from Wednesday's back-to-back Mueller hearings:

"Well, what we're expecting is another round of what we already know," Collins told "Sunday Morning Futures" with Mario Bartiromo.



I have told some people before, it's like going back and finding a book on the shelf that looks new, and then all of a sudden you begin to read it and you find out, wait, I already read this before. And I think that's what the American people are going to find.

But really what's happening is, it's the Democrats' time to make the case that they have not been wasting our time and millions of dollars in our committee hearings, the clown-and-farce hearings going on, where they're just harassing the president, going after things that we have already known, and just trying to make press release headlines, instead of legislating and trying to govern our country.

This is really what this sums up for them this week.

Collins said Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are trying to "revive" an obstruction of justice case against President Trump and "make something of it."

"We see that people are beginning to tire of this. They also see that any thought of impeachment is waning, and they know that because the report said that there was no collusion definitively and there was no charge of obstruction."

Collins said Republicans want to talk about "where this investigation started," and the role of a "corrupt cabal" in launching the investigation into the Trump campaign.

"I think what I want to focus on is, how did we get there to start with? What evidence were they using. These are questions, Maria, that you and I have talked about before.

"How did the corrupt cabal of Strzok, Page, McCabe, these folks who we know had a problem coming through the midyear investigation of Clinton, who then, all of a sudden, began to appear themselves in the Russia investigation in July of 2016 -- and then actually, Strzok, we know, had to be removed from the Mueller team because of what him and Page were doing," Collins said.

"So, these are the kinds of questions that need to lay a framework for the entire investigation as it goes forward."

Collins said Democrats, in their zeal to bring down a president, have done nothing to benefit the country.

They have done nothing on immigration. They have done nothing on the economic conditions, except try to roll back the gains that we made many times through our tax cuts, through our deregulation plan.

What I'm seeing is, simply, they're playing to a base. We're seeing bills come to floor that have inherent flaws in them that make them unworkable, even if they were signed into law.

They are rushing stuff to floor to feed a press release frenzy that their base wants to see. And really at the end of the day, they're not getting anything done.

And a classic example of this is immigration. They're ready to yell. And earlier this year, they said there was no crisis on the border. Now they say there's a crisis on the border, but yet almost a hundred of them just a couple weeks ago refused to send money to actually help on the border.

That's hypocrisy in its highest. And that's what we have seen in the first seven-and-a-half months.

All they want to do is bash the president. All they want to do is talk about how bad he is and what the economy -- but they don't want to focus on the fact that they have got a good -- there's a great economy, businesses are starting, people are moving forward, and our standing in the world has improved.

They have simply failed when it comes to governing in the House.

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