House Judiciary postpones vote on impeachment articles after hot debate

House Judiciary postpones vote on impeachment articles after hot debate1
The vote is postponed until Friday. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times, Washington: The House Judiciary Committee postponed a final vote on the impeachment charges against the President. Before that, the committee debated a marathon 14 hours about the wordings of the article of impeachment.

The vote was postponed until Friday.

Committee chairman Jerry Nadler suddenly recessed the panel shortly before midnight which angers the Republican who were preparing to drop their amendments and vote against the impeachment articles.

Democrats and Republicans engaged in a hot debate over the charges made against President Trump that he abused his power by withholding military aid, pressured Ukraine to investigate a political rival and obstructed Congress by refusing to cooperate with subpoenas for documents and testimony.

Trump is the fourth president to ever face impeachment.

Committee’s top Republican Rep. Doug Collins said, ‘The chairman just ambushed the entire committee. He did not have any consultation with the ranking members. I guess they didn’t think enough today of spreading their very paper-thin impeachment process for over 12 to 14 hours was enough.

‘Trump the fourth president to ever face impeachment,’ Collins added.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal said, ‘This was personal. It was all for President Trump’s personal political gain to benefit his own campaign and his reelection. He abused his power. He abused the power entrusted to him by we the people and he placed our safety, millions of dollars of taxpayer money on the table. That is an abuse of power. We must impeach Donald J. Trump.’

Democrats accused Republicans of violating their oaths of office and acting in political self-interest to defend Trump from their charges of abuse of power.