A Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee admitted that the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), abruptly delayed a vote on impeachment articles late Thursday night to Friday morning in order to increase television viewership.
With polls showing most Americans wanting the costly and time-consuming impeachment proceedings to come to an end, Nadler extended the debasing process even further by postponing a vote that was to take place slightly before midnight on Thursday at the conclusion of the long hearing – because virtually no one was paying attention at that time.
Playing partisan politics
Nadler’s postponement move infuriated Republicans – who have already accused Democrats of using their impeachment powers to wage a partisan attack against President Donald Trump – and essentially proved the merit of their allegations, which were ultimately corroborated when Rep. Ted Deutch (D. Fla.) admitted to the Democrats’ motive behind stalling the vote.
"We went into [Thursday] thinking we were going to vote yesterday also, but my Republican colleagues offered amendment after amendment, and it was clear that this was going to go well into the night, and this is the most consequential vote most members of Congress will ever cast,” Deutch told CNN Anchor John Berman. “The American people deserve to see it. It ought to take place in the light of day."
Then, the anti-Trump Democrat from the president’s now-home state of Florida gave additional excuses for delaying the vote.
"This is the most important thing we're going to do in the committee – of course, we shouldn't rush it," Deutch added. "So we decided to go home, take a break and come back and actually have this vote today after everyone has had an opportunity to think about what they heard over the past two days about the president's abuse of power and then the obstruction of Congress that led us to this moment to begin with."
What’s going on here?
Once Nadler’s decision to delay the vote until the next day was announced, Republicans lashed out at the grandstanding move, with Ranking Member Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) rebuking Nadler and House Dems for playing partisan politics games and wasting more taxpayer time and money.
“This is why people don't like us,” Collins explained to reporters after the delay was made public, according to Townhall. “This [garbage] like this is why people are having such a terrible opinion of Congress.”
He insisted Democrats are merely trying to broadcast their television smear job of the president for their own political gain – using it as a tool to gain support for their impeachment attack on the president so they can remove him from office and essentially take away the American people’s decision to keep him in office or vote him out in the 2020 presidential election.
“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,” Collins continued. “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."
Making a production of it?
Even though testimony – including recorded accounts by the Ukrainian president himself – has resolutely refuted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) impeachment charges of Trump using foreign aid to leverage a favor to investigate corrupt political and business dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, House Democrats are pressing forward with their impeachment narrative through the media ... including obstruction of justice charges for not cooperating with their demands.
“Accusations of pandering to the media have surrounded the entire impeachment process,” TheBlaze reported. “House Democrats privately deposed witnesses in closed-door sessions before having them testify publicly in high profile hearings, and lawmakers used breaks in the hearings to do press interviews.”
Despite their attempts and mainstream media’s full cooperation to push the anti-Trump narrative, Democrats have been unable to capture the attention and support they have desired.
“The television ratings indicated that the hearings were not fully capturing the public's attention, dropping off quickly after a strong start, and failing to attract as many viewers as hearings for former FBI Director James Comey and former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen,” the report noted.
GOP tweeting disgust
Both Collins and Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) took to social media to alert Americans about Democrats’ partisan tactics through their impeachment inquiry.
“Democrats lie so reflexively, they can't even be honest about scheduling impeachment votes,” Collins tweeted Friday. “How can anyone trust them about the claims in their actual impeachment articles?”
Biggs also tried to warn his followers about Democrats stopping at nothing to depose the president before next November’s election.
“Chairman Jerry Nadler just pulled a fast one on House Judiciary Republicans,” Biggs tweeted Friday. “We were expecting to vote on Articles of Impeachment in Committee tonight before he recessed until tomorrow. This is yet another of a long line of bad-faith, dishonest dealings by the Democrats.”
He further elaborated on House Democrats’ tactics, explaining why Democrats are avoiding voting for both articles at the same time.
"[T]hey want to let some of their members vote ‘yes’ and some vote ‘no’ so they can trick their voters into believing that they were really thoughtful about this whole thing,” Biggs contended, according to a separate Townhall report. “It's been a travesty."