The House Judiciary Committee on Friday vote on and approved the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump that alleged an abuse of power and obstruction—only to be met with blistering remarks from Republican lawmakers who slammed the process as a “desperate charade” that “reached its shameful end.”
But Democrats have yet to make the case that President Donald Trump has committed any actual “high crimes or misdemeanors,” after more than two months since the inquiry began.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham in a Dec. 13 statement lambasted the inquiry for not giving President Trump the fair treatment he deserves.
“This desperate charade of an impeachment inquiry in the House Judiciary Committee has reached its shameful end,” Grisham said. “The president looks forward to receiving in the Senate the fair treatment and due process which continues to be disgracefully denied to him by the House.”
The Friday vote comes following rounds of heated debate on Thursday evening, where Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) decided to end the Thursday hearing and leaving the votes to be cast Friday morning.
Nadler claimed that he wanted both Democrats and Republicans “to think about what has happened over these last two days, and to search their consciences before we cast their final votes.”
Enraged, Republicans decried Nadler’s decision a “bush-league stunt” that the Judiciary chairman has stuck with to make sure that the votes would be broadcast on daytime television.
“Mr. Chairman, there was no consulting with the ranking member on your schedule for tomorrow —you just blew up schedules for everyone?” Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) shot back. “You chose not to consult the ranking member on a scheduling issue of this magnitude? This is the kangaroo court we’re talking about.”
Judiciary Committee member Debbie Lesko, (R-Ariz.), told reporters that the committee’s action was “a travesty for America, and it’s really tearing America apart.”
“I have never in my entire life seen such an unfair, rigged railroad job against the President of the United States,” Lesko added.
President Trump, who has repeatedly denounced Democrats’ claims accusing him of wrongdoing, declared hours before the Friday vote that poll numbers against impeachment—especially in swing states—“have gone through the roof.”
“People have figured out that the Democrats have no case, it is a total Hoax,” the president said in an early morning tweet on Friday.
“To Impeach a President who has proven through results, including producing perhaps the strongest economy in our country’s history, to have one of the most successful presidencies ever, and most importantly, who has done NOTHING wrong, is sheer Political Madness!” the president declared on Tuesday morning before the articles of impeachment were announced.
If the impeachment articles are to pass the full House, the Senate will have a debate for an impeachment trial, where President Trump is expected to be immediately acquitted by the Republican-controlled chamber.