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The House Judiciary Committee engaged in a feisty debate Thursday as Democrats and Republicans considered two articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump. Trump is the fourth president in U.S. history to face impeachment.

Sen. John Ratcliff (R-Texas), gave an impassioned statement about the Democrats’ efforts to impeach, saying they were depriving Trump of due process (see video below).

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.)  called the hearing an “institutional embarrassment,” saying toward the end of the day that he had “not heard a new point or an original thought from either side in the last three hours.”

“The same talking points have been repeated over and over again, ad nauseum, by both sides,” he said. “This hearing has been enough of an institutional embarrassment without putting it on an endless loop.”

McClintock went on to suggest that if “no one has anything new to add that they resist the temptation to inflict what we’ve already heard over and over again.”

The Committee “unexpectedly adjourned late Thursday after more than 13 hours of debate,” delaying votes to Friday morning,” the Washington Post reports. 

When House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) called a recess then postponed the vote, Republicans in the committee weren’t happy.

From the Post:

Republicans accused Democrats of breaching faith on an agreement they’d made during the late-night break. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.)said Republicans promised to limit their amendments to wrap up debate earlier in the evening and vote. But as soon as lawmakers agreed to cut off amendment debate, Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) suddenly moved to delay the vote until the morning.

A furious Collins, the ranking Republican on the committee, said his members were supposed to be on flights and trains in the morning and accused Democrats of trying to move the vote time to the morning so they could get TV attention.

“This is the most ludicrous thing I have seen in my entire life!” he said. “To not even consult the ranking member, to not even give us a heads up! … This is why people don’t like us, this crap!”

Democrats, in turn, accused the GOP of thwarting previously agreed-upon plans to wrap up by 5 pm Thursday.

A Democratic aide said the GOP dragged the hearing out, and that “Democrats dished it back, in a way,” according to the Post.

After the Committee votes, a full House vote is expected next week.

DMLNewsApp founder Dennis Michael Lynch says he believes the Democrats’ impeachment of President Trump will be the best thing to help him in the 2020 election.

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