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Chris Wallace Grills Top Republican For Pushing Investigation Into Adam Schiff Over Trump’s Impeachment

Unable to defend President Donald Trump’s actions as the impeachment inquiry advances to a new phase, Republicans have decided to go after the investigators, singling out House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Republican Congressman Doug Collins (Ga.), the top GOP member of the House Judiciary Committee, said that Schiff is the most important witness Republicans want to question in the upcoming phase of the impeachment inquiry.

Wallace questioned Collins about testimony from several House Intelligence Committee witnesses who said President Trump had conditioned aid to Ukraine on investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter and conspiracy theories about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.

The exchange:

WALLACE: “Will Republicans on the committee call for subpoena witnesses to testify, and if so, who are you going to ask to testify?”

COLLINS: “First and foremost, the person who needs to testify is Adam Schiff. Adam Schiff is the author of this report. He’s been the author of many things, a lot of them found to be false over the past couple of years. But he’s going to be the author of this report. He’s compared himself in the past to a special counsel. … My first and foremost witness is Adam Schiff.

WALLACE: “So you want to bring him in before the committee, not just to present a report, but to take questions from Democrats and be cross-examined, if you will, by Republicans?

COLLINS: “He needs to be. He’s put himself in that position, and if he chooses not to, then I really question his veracity and what he’s putting into his report. I question the motives of why he’s doing it. It’s easy to hide behind a report. It’s easy to hide behind a gavel.

WALLACE: “Before we get to the question of whether this is an impeachable offense or not, do you see anything wrong with the president conditioning support of Ukraine to that country investigating some of the president’s political rivals?”

COLLINS: “I do not believe it so I’m not going to answer a hypothetical which is designed to simply say that the president did something improper,” Collins replied, adding “he did nothing improper.”

Watch part of the exchange in the clips below:

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