Georgians on Judiciary Committee get time in impeachment spotlight

    Georgia's U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, says If the committee votes on articles of impeachment without more investigation it will be a massive failure. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    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:

    U.S. Rep. Doug Collins

    Doug Collins (R)
    Elected: 2012
    District: 9th

    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.

    U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson

    Hank Johnson (D)
    Elected: 2006
    District: 4th

    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.”

    U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath

    Lucy McBath (D)
    Elected: 2017
    District: 6th

    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.”

    Stanley Dunlap
    Stanley Dunlap has covered government and politics for news outlets in Georgia and Tennessee for the past decade. At The (Macon) Telegraph he told readers about Macon-Bibb County’s challenges implementing its recent consolidation, with a focus on ways the state Legislature determines the fate of local communities. He used open records requests to break a story of a $400 million pension sweetheart deal a county manager steered to a friendly consultant. The Georgia Associated Press Managing Editors named Stanley a finalist for best deadline reporting for his story on the death of Gregg Allman and best beat reporting for explanatory articles on the 2018 Macon-Bibb County budget deliberations. The Tennessee Press Association honored him for his reporting on the disappearance of Holly Bobo, which became a sensational murder case that generated national headlines.