“The path forward requires us to identify the origins of an investigation that deceitfully undermined America’s faith in our democracy and distracted us from our actual enemy. In the name of transparency, hope and healing, I urge my colleagues to support this resolution and vote to report it favorably.”

WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, made the following statement at today’s markup of H. Res. 243, a resolution of inquiry.

Below are the remarks as prepared.

Ranking Member Doug Collins: The American people received some very good news this weekend. We received Attorney General Barr’s letter informing this committee of the conclusion of Special Counsel Mueller’s two-year investigation. The top headlines in all the major newspapers — “Mueller Finds No Collusion” — couldn’t be clearer or more hopeful. Unfortunately, those headlines are inconsistent with the claims my Democrat colleagues have repeated but never substantiated. As a result, Democrats are eager to bury the lede and sabotage President Trump at all costs, even in the face of a straightforward conclusion from the special counsel and the Justice Department’s finding that the evidence doesn’t support an obstruction of justice case.

Complementing the special counsel’s investigation was a joint investigation of the Judiciary and Oversight Committees. This investigation, unfortunately, received little media attention, in part because it didn’t align with Democrat priorities. I continue to release transcripts of interviews conducted during this investigation to promote transparency and to allow the American people to better understand the origins of the “Trump/Russia investigation” and why the conclusion that Americans didn’t conspire with Russia was inevitable.

To this end, this resolution requests records showing the thinking and actions of the individuals who fueled investigations of President Trump for collusion and obstruction — accusations that long-serving Justice Department officials say the facts don’t support. Chief among the records we seek today are memos written by former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe, memos whose existence was confirmed during this committee’s transcribed interviews. According to public reports, these memos recount a proposal to surreptitiously record a duly elected president and invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

Imagine the outrage from my friends across the aisle had our intelligence community contemplated such actions against President Obama. However, my Democrat friends — who so often boast of their esteem for civil liberties — have only doubled down on their efforts to pursue this misguided quest against the current president. Top law enforcement officials did violence to the privacy and due process that should be afforded to all Americans. Those officials inappropriately targeted American citizens, and Democrats are crestfallen those abuses didn’t bear fruit for impeachment instead of being shaken by the abuse itself.

The path forward requires us to identify the origins of an investigation that deceitfully undermined America’s faith in our democracy and distracted us from our actual enemy. In the name of transparency, hope and healing, I urge my colleagues to support this resolution and vote to report it favorably.