Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee voted to confirm two articles of impeachment against President Trump on Friday morning.
🚨 BREAKING: Nadler’s Judiciary Committee passed both articles of impeachment with ZERO Republican votes.
Pelosi, Nadler, and Schiff said impeachment should be bipartisan.
Yet they’ve failed to meet that standard every step of the way.
Today is an embarrassing day for America.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) December 13, 2019
The vote saw each of the 23 Democratic members vote in the affirmative to pass the impeachment articles which included “abuse of power” and “obstructing Congress.”
None of the committee’s 17 Republican members supported the effort.
The House Judiciary Committee votes to recommend two articles of impeachment to the full House of Representatives for historic final votes likely to be held next week. https://t.co/bgcxhUrigE pic.twitter.com/aiNco6chMk
— ABC News (@ABC) December 13, 2019
The final vote on Friday morning came after Chairman Nadler suspended a committee hearing on Thursday—after members of the committee debated for 14 hours.
“It is now very late at night,” Nadler said just before midnight, Fox News reports. “I want the members on both sides of the aisle to think about what has happened over these last two days, and to search their consciences before we cast their final votes. Therefore, the committee will now stand in recess until tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., at which point I will move to divide the question so that each of us may have the opportunity to cast up-or-down votes on each of the articles of impeachment, and let history be our judge.”
Fox News adds:
Ranking Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., raised an immediate objection as Nadler began leaving, saying it was “the most bush-league stunt” he had ever seen.
“Mr. Chairman, there was no consulting with the ranking member on your schedule for tomorrow — you just blew up schedules for everyone?” Collins asked incredulously. “You chose not to consult the ranking member on a scheduling issue of this magnitude? This is the kangaroo court we’re talking about. Not even consult? Not even consult? 10 a.m. tomorrow?”
He later told reporters: “This is why people don’t like us. This crap like this is why people are having such a terrible opinion of Congress. What Chairman Nadler just did, and his staff, and the rest of the majority who sat there quietly and said nothing, this is why they don’t like us. They know it’s all about games. It’s all about the TV screens. They want the primetime hit. This is Speaker Pelosi and Adam Schiff and the others directing this committee. I don’t have a chairman anymore. I guess I need to just go straight to Ms. Pelosi and say, what TV hit does this committee need to do? This committee has lost all relevance. I’ll see y’all tomorrow.”
Rep. Collins after Chairman Nadler delays impeachment vote: “This is why people don't like us. This crap like this is why people are having such a terrible opinion of Congress.” pic.twitter.com/G51WR1XLLK
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) December 13, 2019
President Trump complimented congressional Republicans for their debate efforts, calling them “warriors.”
“The Republicans House members were fantastic yesterday. It always helps to have a much better case, in fact the Dems have no case at all, but the unity & sheer brilliance of these Republican warriors, all of them, was a beautiful sight to see. Dems had no answers and wanted out!” he tweeted.
The Republicans House members were fantastic yesterday. It always helps to have a much better case, in fact the Dems have no case at all, but the unity & sheer brilliance of these Republican warriors, all of them, was a beautiful sight to see. Dems had no answers and wanted out!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2019
An hour later, Trump added: “How do you get Impeached when you have done NOTHING wrong (a perfect call), have created the best economy in the history of our Country, rebuilt our Military, fixed the V.A. (Choice!), cut Taxes & Regs, protected your 2nd A, created Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, and soooo much more? Crazy!”
How do you get Impeached when you have done NOTHING wrong (a perfect call), have created the best economy in the history of our Country, rebuilt our Military, fixed the V.A. (Choice!), cut Taxes & Regs, protected your 2nd A, created Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, and soooo much more? Crazy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2019
USA Today reports the impeachment process will now move for consideration before the full House as early as next week:
The articles – one on President Donald Trump’s alleged abuse of power and the other on obstruction of Congress during the impeachment inquiry were both approved in separate votes by a 23-17 margin with Democrats for and Republicans against.
Democrats allege Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for military aid and a White House meeting. Trump, they said, then stonewalled the investigation he called a partisan “witch hunt,” which led to the charge of obstruction of Congress.
Both articles of impeachment now head to the full House of Representatives. That vote could come as early as next week.
It’s possible the House could vote to impeach Trump on December 19, 21 years to the day that it moved articles of impeachment against President Clinton
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 13, 2019
Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett described the hearing on Thursday as Democratic members using “rage instead of reason.” Fox News reports Jarrett also described “what Democrats did yesterday that made them look desperate.”
Republican Congresswoman Debbie Lesko on Friday echoed these sentiments, saying Democrats were “tearing the country apart.”
“They should be ashamed,” she added per USA Today.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.