It seems Rep. Doug Collins was on the right path when he accused House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler of being “more concerned about getting on TV in the morning” than in finishing the job.
The Georgia Republican and ranking member of the committee blasted Nadler after he rescheduled the final vote on impeachment articles against President Trump for Friday morning.
“The integrity level of this committee, the chairman’s integrity is gone, his staff is gone. This was the most bush-league I have seen forever!” Collins told reporters late Thursday night, adding that Democrats “want to shine in these cameras, get prettied up and then vote and make it all happen.”
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One House Democrat seemed to back Collins’ assertion, admitting on Friday why the decision was made to table the vote until the morning, while still finding a way to blame Republicans for the late-night spectacle.
“We went into the day thinking we were going to vote yesterday also,” Rep. Ted Deutsch told CNN on Friday.
‘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. The American people deserve to see it. It ought to take place in the light of day,” the Florida Democrat added.
“This is the most important thing we’re going to do in the committee,” Deutsch continued.
“Of course we shouldn’t rush it. 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,” he claimed.
Rep. Madeleine Dean appeared to echo the idea that the “light of day” would be beneficial before a vote would take place.
“We weren’t sure if they had more amendments, they wouldn’t tell us that,” the Pennsylvania Democrat said. “And what the chairman’s spirit was: We want to make sure we do this in the light of day. We don’t want to vote on such an important article, or articles, that matter to the American people [and] to this president, in the late of night.”
Collins ripped Democrats for the stunt saying it’s why Americans “don’t like us.”
“This crap like this is why people are having such a terrible opinion of Congress. 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,” the GOP lawmaker told reporters. “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.”
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