Three Georgia lawmakers are set to step into the national spotlight this week as U.S. House Democrats advance their impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
One of Trump’s most outspoken allies, Georgia U.S. Rep. Doug Collins figures to play a prominent role as the ranking Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to host impeachment hearings starting Wednesday.
The Gainesville Republican is joined on the committee by a pair of Georgia Democrats, U.S. Reps. Hank Johnson and Lucy McBath, who both support the inquiry into allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.
Collins has remained vocal on Twitter and TV news shows as recently as last weekend lambasting what he says is an unfair political ploy by Democrats.
Meanwhile, Johnson describes Trump’s phone conversation with the Ukraine president as troubling and called out the Trump administration’s actions in the wake of the scandal.
McBath has said she voted in favor of the hearings so that the public can hear the facts.
Before the Judiciary Committee hearings begin, the House Intelligence Committee is expected to vote Tuesday on its final report on the investigation. This follows weeks of hearings and closed door meetings.
Here’s a look at what Collins, Johnson and McBath say about impeachment:
Doug Collins (R)
Thoughts on impeachment: “If the Judiciary Committee votes on articles of impeachment after only a hearing with constitutional scholars, a presentation of Adam Schiff’s report on Schiff’s terms, and a quick markup, that will be a massive failure,” Collins tweeted Monday, a day after his appearance on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.
Hank Johnson (D)
Thoughts on impeachment: “President Trump’s recent admission that he discussed with President Zelensky his desire that Ukraine open a corruption investigation against former Vice President Joe Biden is profoundly troubling,” Johnson said in a Sept. 24 statement. “Attempting to coerce a foreign government into digging up dirt on a political opponent, then trying to cover it up by unlawfully refusing to turn over the whistleblower complaint to Congress, crosses a red line. President Trump’s repeated obstruction and flagrant disregard of his oath of office demands the issuance of Articles of Impeachment.”
Lucy McBath (D)
Thoughts on impeachment: “President Trump and his son are attacking me because I voted for the impeachment inquiry,” McBath wrote in an Oct. 10 tweet. “Yesterday, they bussed folks to my office in #Ga06 to protest. I refuse to be intimidated. I will do what is right.”