WASHINGTON — After a grueling 14-hour meeting, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee suddenly announced that the panel would not vote as planned late Thursday night on two articles of impeachment, angering Republicans.
Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said shortly after 11 p.m. that the committee would instead vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump on Friday at 10:00 a.m.
The move caught Republicans on the committee off guard.
“That was the most bush league play I have ever seen in my life,” said Rep. Doug Collins, D-Ga., who accused Nadler of turning the committee into a “kangaroo court.”
Collins and other Republicans alleged Democrats abruptly changed the schedule only to get more media attention during the day on Friday for the impeachment vote. “They want the prime time hit,” Collins said.
Before banging his gavel to recess the meeting that began at 9:00 a.m., Nadler said, “It is now very late at night. I want members on both sides of the aisle to think about what has happened over the last two days and to search their consciences before they cast their final votes.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, was overheard saying Nadler’s move was “Stalin-esque,” adding, “Let’s have a dictator.”
“I think we all thought it was going finish up tonight,” Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said on Fox News. “We actually thought there was a deal.”
But Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., said the impeachment vote was so important it should take place during daylight hours.