House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced late Thursday that the vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump would be postponed.
In a surprise move, without holding a vote on two articles of impeachment against the president, Nadler said the committee would instead resume the session at 10 a.m. on Friday.
“It has been a long two days of consideration of these articles [of impeachment], and it is now very late at night,” Nadler said around 11:20 p.m. local time, after a 14-hour congressional hearing.
“I want the members on both sides of the aisle to think about what is happening over these last two days and to search their consciences before we cast our final votes. Therefore the committee will now stand in recess until tomorrow [Friday] 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 … the committee is in recess,” he said.
Immediately following Nadlers announcement, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, said that the sudden change was not discussed.
“There was no consulting through the minority ranking member on your schedule for tomorrow, which youd just blown up schedules for everyone. You chose not to consult the ranking member on the schedule issue of this magnitude?” Collins asked. “This is the kangaroo court that were talking about … not even consult?”
“They do not care about rules; they have one thing, their hatred of Donald Trump,” Collins added.
“This was the most bush-league thing I have seen, forever,” he told reporters. “This committee is more concerned about getting on TV in the morning than it was finishing its job tonight and letting the members go home. Words cannot describe how inappropriate this was.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) could be heard saying “Stalinist!” soon after Nadlers announcement.
Asked why the votes did not occur late Thursday, House Judiciary Vice Chair Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.) said, “The American people deserve to see the vote.”
Thursday was the second day of debates on two articles of impeachment against the president that were unveiled by top Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), on Tuesday. The articles of impeachment alleged that Trump had abused his power and obstructed Congress.
Democrats push to impeach Trump revolve around his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump asked his counterpart to “look into” allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.