Despite Partisan Process, Impeachment Goes To The House After Party-Line Vote

Written by K. Walker on December 13, 2019

Didn’t Speaker Pelosi say that impeachment needed to be bipartisan? That went down the crapper today.

Republicans have consistently claimed that the hearing has been a partisan process and they’ve called it a “kangaroo court.” Democrats have set the rules in their favor and have not allowed the Republican minority to have an opportunity to put forward their arguments with the same vigor.

Despite the shifting narrative of quid pro quo which shifted to bribery, the articles of impeachment included neither of those, but instead were listed as the malleable terms “obstruction of Congress” and “abuse of power.”

The committee adopted both articles, alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, on a party-line vote of 23-17. A final vote in the full House is expected next week, which could tee up a Senate trial in the new year just before presidential primaries are set to get underway.

Source: Fox News

This pushes the vote to the full House of Representatives for a vote.

After a 14-hour hearing on Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee, Chairman Jerry Nadler(D-NY) unilaterally decided to put off the vote until this morning.

Nadler said, “It is now very late at night, 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.”

Republicans claim that this was a “bush-league stunt” by Democrats to ensure that the coverage of the vote is covered on daytime television and dominates the news cycle.

Ranking Member of the committee, Rep. Doug Collins(R-GA) pushed back, “Mr. Chairman, there was no consulting with the ranking member on your schedule for tomorrow — you just blew up schedules for everyone? You chose not to consult the ranking member on a scheduling issue of this magnitude? This is the kangaroo court we’re talking about.”

It seems that Rep. Collins was exactly right. Rep. Ted Deutch(D-FL) admitted as much on CNN.

President Trump has been tweeting frequently in the last week as noted by CNN’s astute “media watchdog” Brian Stelter. 

When the Media(D) is pushing the impeachment process as legitimate when it started 2 and a half years ago for an offense that occurred 6 months ago, there needs to be some push-back. Twitter is the medium that President Trump uses incredibly successfully.

Here’s what he was tweeting prior to the vote:

Earlier this morning he noted that impeachment isn’t popular with voters — especially in swing states.

They are likely to pass in the House, although questions have been raised about moderate Democrats in districts that voted for Trump in 2016 — many of whom have not said whether they will vote for impeachment.

Should the articles pass the full House, the debate will shift to the Senate for an impeachment trial — where the Republican-controlled chamber would be expected to easily acquit the president.

Source: Fox News

There are 31 House Democrats that represent districts that President Trump won in 2016, and the Democrats can only afford to lose 18 and still win the vote. If the Articles of Impeachment are adopted by the House, there will be a hearing in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell(R-KY) has asserted that the Republicans will support the President throughout the Senate hearing and there is “no chance” that it will pass in the Senate.

Let’s see how this works and if it goes to the Senate, the Republicans could drag it out and end the Democrat rush which is clearly intended to influence the 2020 Presidential election.

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker