While Democrats and Republicans appeared to be on opposite sides of the aisle on impeachment proceedings this week, they magically came together to pass a $738-billion defense spending bill that gave Trump everything he wanted.
The House Judiciary Committee voted 23 to 17 to advance two articles of impeachment against President Trump in a Friday morning session following three days of meetings.
This comes after a 14-hour session on Thursday reached a shocking end with no vote, which was met with immediate protest following Democratic Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s announcement.
“Therefore, the committee will now stand in recess until 10am, at which point I will move to divide the question so that each of us will have the opportunity to cast up or down votes on each of the articles of impeachment and to let history be our judge. The committee is in recess,” Nadler said on Friday.
While Nadler claimed the goal was to give everyone time to collect their thoughts before a final vote, Republican Congressman and Ranking Member Doug Collins alleged that the actual goal was to hold the vote at a time when Americans would watch it live on TV.
“That was the most bush league play I have seen in my life. Because they want to get it back on the cameras because it’s after 11 o’clock at night and they don’t think enough people is watching. I have never seen anybody want to get in front of these cameras more than this group right here,” Collins said.
The House Judiciary Committee advanced two articles of impeachment, which accuse Trump of abuse of power, cited by the allegations that he withheld military aid from Ukraine until the country’s government agreed to investigate the business dealings of Trump’s 2020 rival, Joe Biden. And obstruction of Congress, alleging that Trump stalled the House investigation into his conduct.
The full House is set to vote as early as next week, with Democrats denying that their motives are anything other than honest.
“I take issue and insult that one would suggest the work of this committee is about a dislike for those who voted for President Trump. President Trump has before this committee in articles of impeachment for his own behavior, for his desire to do with public moneys and a public position, to do a private matter and a political matter, and that is to get dirt on his 2020 potential opponent,” said Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
However, Ukrainian President Zelensky has denied the accusations that he was bribed to look into Joe Biden’s role in his son’s lucrative job as a member on the board of one of Ukraine’s largest natural gas companies. And many Republicans have argued that Democrats don’t have the evidence to full impeach Trump.
“Abuse of power or quid pro quo, bribery. Call it whatever your focus group wants to call it. Because the end of the day, you don’t have the facts to make out the case. You don’t have the facts because the other party on your quid pro quo, your alleged quid pro quo, never felt pressure. We have a primary documented, a primary source of information,” said Republican Congressman Guy Reschenthaler.
While it may seem like Democrats and Republicans are on opposite sides of the aisle, it is important to note that representatives in the House came together to pass $738-billion-dollar defense spending bill earlier this week, which gave Trump everything he wanted, from money for a border wall to a space force. Yet they made no effort to put a stop to US military involvement in the ongoing wars in the Middle East, which never received Congressional approval to begin with.