House Judiciary Committee is ready for its moment in history—ready and waiting to approve two articles to impeach the president of the United States after the votes have been cast.
Two GOP amendments proposed by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), were defeated on party-line votes. The one presented by Jordan would have eliminated the “abuse of power” article, hardly something House Democrats wish for in their Christmas stocking.
The second one proposed by Gaetz would have added strength to the argument the former vice president’s son Hunter Biden was involved in corrupt business dealings in Ukraine. Just another nightmare for the Democrats, so once again, not accepted.
As the time draws near for the House vote on impeachment, it became a battlefield of confrontation as the hearing dragged on.
There were some memorable moments, such as when Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, looked “as if his daughter was downstairs in the basement, duct-taped,” when he spoke at the United Nations of the phone call he had with President Trump, declaring he felt no pressure during the call.
“The picture of President Trump and President Zelenskiy meeting in New York in September at the U.N.—big chair for President Trump, little chair for President Zelenskiy. Big, 6-foot-4-inch President Trump, 5-foot-11-inch President Zelensky. … There’s an imbalance of power in that relationship,” said Johnson, while others snickered.
President Trump was quick to weigh in on the discussion: “JUST IN: Democrats want to impeach the President for [checks notes] being too tall,” the White House tweeted.
During a break in the proceedings, a Reuters photographer, Josh Roberts, was captured on camera taking snaps of private documents on the dais belonging to Republicans, according to Louisiana GOP Rep. Mike Johnson. Roberts was escorted from the room.
“Media spy games,” House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), tweeted.
Media spy games! https://t.co/GXnv6dLfVq
— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) December 12, 2019
Meanwhile, the wait for a decision continues.
“Look, we’re gonna be here a long time tonight,” Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-Ga.), told reporters when asked whether the White House congressional ball in the evening might affect the schedule. “Don’t let anybody worry. There are plenty of balls we can go to, so if anybody thinks that’s in our midst, don’t worry about it,” reports Fox News.