‘Nadler’s integrity is zero’: Collins rips Nadler after impeachment vote delay

December 14, 2019

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee — the committee that is putting together the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump — are not happy, and one individual in particular is letting everybody know about what’s going on.

Ranking member Doug Collins (R-GA) tore into chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) late Thursday night after Nadler unexpectedly announced that the vote on the articles of impeachment would be postponed to the next morning. 

“This is the kangaroo court that we’re talking about,” said a fuming Collins.

Underhanded tactics

On Thursday, after a long day of debate about the draft articles of impeachment, members of the House Judiciary Committee — or at least Republican members of that committee — were expecting to vote on the document’s final version. But Nadler pulled a fast one.

“To be clear, the vote this committee just took is not a vote on the final passage of the articles,” Nadler said. “It was a procedural vote, which proceeds for final passage of each of the articles.”

The chairman followed this surprise up with a message aimed, no doubt, at the committee’s Republican members, urging them to “think about what has happened” and to “search their consciences.”

“It has been a long two days of consideration of these articles, and it is now very late at night,” he said. “I want the members on both sides of the aisle to think about what has happened over these last few days and to search their consciences before we cast our final votes. Therefore, the committee will now stand in recess until tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., at which point I will move to divide the question so that each of us may have the opportunity to cast up or down votes on each of the articles of impeachment. Until history be our judge, the committee is in recess.”

“Violation of Trust”

Collins was having none of it, though, and after voicing his displeasure before the committee, which he called a “kangaroo court,” he took his objections to a subsequent press briefing.

“[This is the worst] violation of trust between a chairman and our ranking members I’ve ever seen,” he said, claiming that the committee’s Democrats did not let their Republican counterparts know about Nadler’s intentions beforehand.

“To do that right there shows that Chairman Nadler’s integrity is zero. His staff is zero,” Collins continued. “They have nothing that they can offer anymore except the kangaroo court that we’ve seen the past few days. This chairman has made himself irrelevant.”

The impeachment sham

This whole sequence of events, according to Collins, stems from the fact that Democrats have no basis for impeaching President Trump. “They don’t have anything to impeach this president on,” Collins said, adding:

They don’t have anything they can move on, except do bush league stuff like this. This just shows the American people why this right here is wrong. This president has been attacked for three years, and tonight, it showed it completely.

Collins is certainly right, the impeachment is a sham. But as we know, that won’t stop the Democrats who, at this point, are simply in too deep. The good news for Republicans is that 2020 is looking redder each day that this impeachment nonsense continues.

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Robert Ayers

Robert Ayers is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut.