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Collins to Nadler: Judiciary Committee can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines

Jun 2, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) urging him to schedule hearings on the police brutality and violent protests plaguing our country and to immediately begin an investigation into the role groups like Antifa play in sowing seeds of discord.

“In times of crisis, America looks to its leaders,” Collins wrote. “Instead of hiding behind video conferences, our Committee must get back to work for the American people and demonstrate we are worthy of the office they elected us to. I urge you to immediately schedule hearings on the police brutality and violent protests plaguing our country, and to immediately begin an investigation into the role groups like Antifa play in sowing seeds of discord. The Judiciary Committee has historically been a guiding force in shaping the House’s agenda, and it’s incumbent upon the Chairman to ensure our Committee schedule reflects the seriousness of the issues our country is currently facing.”

Collins also pointed out that the House Judiciary Committee – who maintains primary jurisdiction over the myriad of issues currently facing our country – has remained on the sidelines for the last several months, failing to hold a single full Committee hearing since February. Instead, the Committee is holding a virtual subcommittee hearing this week on mail-in ballots.

“As we continue seeing instances of police brutality against African Americans and violent riots across the country, the Judiciary Committee has continued to sit on the sidelines, failing to meet its obligations to the American people by holding hearings and taking action to address the underlying problems giving rise to these issues,” he continued. “The Committee has done nothing to take action related to coronavirus nor to address the recent events surrounding police brutality and the violent riots that have followed. One may think the first hearing the Committee would hold upon its return would concern one of these timely topics. Instead, the Committee is holding a subcommittee hearing on mail-in ballots.”

Read the full letter here.