"Thank you, Mr. Chairman and thank you for all that have gathered here again. Here we go again. The theater is open and the summations are coming in. In fact right now we're again running over the norms of congressional oversight. We're dabbing at the edges of rubbing roughshod on the Constitution, asking for things that we don't. But I am glad about one thing. I'm glad that the chairman read into the record today the Mueller report. I'm glad that he quoted, as he said, this is a quote directly from the Mueller report. I just wish my chairman would actually go read the rest of it that he has been offered to read which he has chose not to read. But he did leave out one thing. He left out something in the Mueller report from just now. He read McGahn's testimony beautifully, did everything right, but he left out what he doesn't want to have to come back to and the frustrating thing that has brought us here again and again and again and that is the conclusions. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction charge. There's nothing here."
"So the Democrats are here trying again. The Mueller report concluded there was no collusion, no obstruction. Because the report failed to provide damning information against the president, the majority claims we need to dig deeper. Deeper than the two years of investigation conducted by what is considered a prosecutorial Dream Team because that probe ended without criminal charges against the president or his family. The special counsel closed up shop without giving Democrats anything to deliver to their base. Now the Democrats are trying desperately to make something out of nothing, which is why the chairman has again haphazardly subpoenaed today's witnesses. That move though has actually ensured the witness will not testify."
"The chairman could have invited the witness to testify behind closed doors but that would have been politically expedient and you wouldn't have been here and the show would not have been as exciting. A closed door conversation would not have generated those headlines and everything that we're looking at today, even gaveling in today's hearing without a witness is theatrical. The cameras love a spectacle and the majority loves the chance to rant against the administration. I just am glad today to see that we don't have chicken on the dias. The chairman orchestrated today's confrontation when he could have avoided it because he is more interested in the fight than fact finding."
The ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee says Democrats are "trying desperately to make something out of nothing."
Georgia Rep. Doug Collins spoke at a hearing Tuesday, where the panel's chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, issued a stern warning that former White House Counsel Don McGahn would be held in contempt for defying a congressional subpoena and failing to appear before the committee.
Nadler said that if McGahn doesn't "immediately correct his mistake" in not showing, the committee will have to enforce the subpoena. McGahn was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
Collins called the session a "circus" and said Democrats preferred a public "fight over fact-finding."
The committee voted to adjourn the hearing immediately after Collins' remarks.