Last night, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler stunned everyone by abruptly postponing a vote on the impeachment articles. The vote was scheduled for this morning, and was approved along partisan lines, given the fact that the ‘evidence’ is non-existent.
Republicans exploded in outrage after Nadler arbitrarily arranged the schedule change, with Rep. Louis Gohmert shouting “Stalinist!” in an apparent reference to Nadler’s communist type prosecution of a president who has done nothing wrong.
Others said that Nadler’s move was symbolic of the arbitrary rule they had come to expect on the committee.
Reporters were also stunned. “We are genuinely surprised, all of us,” MSNBC anchor Brian Williams said. Correspondent Garrett Haake agreed, noting that there had been “genuine anger” from Republicans at being blindsided.
Collins vented his frustration as the cameras rolled. “Chairman Nadler’s integrity is zero. His staff is zero,” Collins told the press. “That was the most Bush-league play I have ever seen in my life, because they just want to get in front of the camera.”
Everyone — Democrats, Republicans, and journalists — had expected a vote, after a debate that began at 7:00 p.m. the night before, continued well into the night, reconvened at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, and ended at about 11:15 p.m.
“They do not care about rules. They have one thing: their hatred of Donald Trump. And this showed it.” Collins said, accusing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) of controlling the schedule instead of Nadler.
After the vote this morning, NBC news reported biased excitement:
The votes follow 14 hours on Thursday debating the articles and amendments offered by Republicans that sought to gut resolutions. There was no further discussion of the impeachment articles on Friday morning before the two quick historic roll call votes lasting only a few minutes.
There also was no immediate reaction to the vote from Trump or the White House, but Republicans on the Judiciary Committee condemned the action and blasted Democrats.
“Sad day,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said after the impeachment vote Friday. “This is an outrage. It sets the bar for any president, in any party for the future to go through three years of hell like this president has. It’s really unfortunate.”
Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., told reporters, “This is really a travesty for America and it’s really tearing America apart. I have never in my entire life seen such an unfair rigged railroad job against the president of the United States…They pre-determined they were going to do it and they did it, come hell or high water.”