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As Partisan Impeachment Fight Commences, Georgia Rep. Collins Honored For Civility

Allegheny College awarded its annual Prize for Civility in Public Life to Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York.
Allegheny College awarded its annual Prize for Civility in Public Life to Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York.
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Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins was recognized Friday for his work across the aisle.

Allegheny College awarded its annual Prize for Civility in Public Life to Collins and New York Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.

The two have worked together on several pieces of legislation, including First Step Act which focuses on criminal justice reform.

“Especially the non-violent offenders, the drug offenders. Those who because of addictions or because of mental health or other issues got themselves in trouble with the law. They needed what we felt like was a way to have another chance,” said Collins.

The award comes the same month Collins submitted his application to fill the seat of longtime Sen. Johnny Isakson, who retires at the end of the year.

“We talk about civility, Johnny epitomizes civility,” said Collins. “Johnny understood what it meant to go to Washington DC and still in Washington DC working to make things better.”

Collins is currently the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

He’s been among the most outspoken defenders of President Trump.

He says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should have launched a formal impeachment inquiry, allowing both parties to have subpoena power and allowing the president to defend himself.

“Anyone can make articles of impeachment. But the problem is, it’d be about like saying to someone ‘I’m going to find you guilty but without ever giving you a trial.’ That’s not America. That’s not going through proper due process,” said Collins.

Collins says there was no wrongdoing in the conversation between President Trump and Ukraine’s president that led to the House’s impeachment proceedings.

A summary of that July phone call released by the White House this week included President Trump asking Ukraine’s president to look into unproven allegations regarding former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The call came at the same time Mr. Trump put a hold on millions in foreign aid to Ukraine.