Republicans Slam Abrupt Delay of Impeachment Vote

Nadler unexpectedly called recess until Friday
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2019 1:31 AM CST
Updated Dec 13, 2019 6:52 AM CST
Committee members work into the late evening during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Trump, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019.   (Andrew Harrer/Pool via AP)
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(Newser) – After a marathon 14-hour debate on articles of impeachment against President Trump Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler surprised Republicans by abruptly calling a recess. The Democrat said a vote on the articles of impeachment will now take place after the committee reconvenes at 10am Friday, the Hill reports. "It has been a long two days of consideration of these articles, and it is now very late at night," Nadler said at 11:15pm. "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 our final votes." More:

  • Ranking Republican stunned. The ranking Republican on the committee, Rep. Doug Collins, said he had been expecting a vote before midnight and he had not been consulted on the delay. "That was the most egregious violation of trust between a committee chairman and ranking member I think I’ve ever seen," he said, accusing Nadler of "ambushing" lawmakers who had expected to leave town for the weekend early Friday.

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