After 14 hours of debate on Thursday, which had followed another 3 hours of opening statements on Wednesday night, the House Judiciary Committee reconvened Friday morning to approve two articles of impeachment against President Trump. The vote on the first article, for abuse of power, was approved 23 to 17. The vote on the second article, for obstruction of Congress, was also approved 23 to 17. Each vote was perfectly along party lines with one absentee.
Democrats had believed that Republicans, by introducing and dragging out debate on numerous dead-on-arrival amendments, had purposely pushed off the final vote out of primetime viewing hours.
So when Nadler announced Thursday night that he wasn’t dumb enough to fall into that trap and that the committee would vote Friday, Republicans went livid. The GOP ranking member of the committee, Rep. Doug Collins, called it “the most bush league play I’ve ever seen in my life” while Rep. Louie Gohmert described the move as “Stalinist.” In explaining the over-the-top anger, it might be important to observe that Republicans on the committee had missed Thursday night’s White House congressional ball, for which many of their spouses were in town.
With all of the committee work now complete, the full House will vote on the two articles sometime next week before breaking for the holidays. The outcome isn’t in doubt—Trump is going to be impeached. Getting removed from office is another thing
Zero Republicans are expected to vote for either article of impeachment.