Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan, one of the legal scholars called by Democrats to testify in the House Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing on Wednesday, fired back at ranking member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) for suggesting that she is a partisan who doesn’t care about the “facts” of the case against President Trump.
“Unless you’re really good on TV or (have been) watching the hearings for the last couple weeks, you couldn’t have possibly actually digested the Adam Schiff report from yesterday or the Republican response in any real way,” Collins said, referring to the report released Tuesday by the House Intelligence Committee that claimed evidence of President Donald Trump’s alleged misconduct and obstruction of Congress is “overwhelming.”
Karlan deviated from her prepared opening remarks to directly call out the House Judiciary Committee’s top Republican in a fiery rebuke.
“Everything I know about our Constitution and its values, and my review of the evidentiary record — and here Mr. Collins, I would like to say to you sir, that I read transcripts of every one of the witnesses who appeared in the live hearing, because I would not speak about these things without reviewing the facts,” Karlan said.
“So I’m insulted by the suggestion that as a law professor I don’t care about the facts,” she added.
“But everything I read on those occasions tells me that when President Trump invited, indeed demanded, foreign involvement in our upcoming election, he struck at the very heart of what makes this a republic to which we pledge allegiance.”
Republican Rep. Doug Collins implied the witnesses called for Wednesday’s impeachment hearing did not have enough time to accurately prepare their testimony. Here’s how Professor Pamela Karlan responded. https://t.co/4OASb3rgQ6 pic.twitter.com/4rZOav6XVz
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