House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler (D-NY) really needs to stop falling asleep during impeachment hearings if he wants people to think he’s taking this thing seriously.
For the second time in as many weeks, cameras have caught Nadler apparently nodding off while someone else is talking, causing many critics to giggle, or to point out that maybe he doesn’t really care about impeachment as much as he wants everyone to think he does.
when you fall asleep in class but then the teacher calls on you pic.twitter.com/6h5gdTwof7
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) December 12, 2019
Was Nadler dozing off while his committee was drafting two articles of impeachment? Maybe that explains why they are vague and weak, and don’t really show any actual crimes.
Nadler in charge
Nadler presided over public impeachment hearings in the Judiciary Committee where Democrats tried to show the public that President Donald Trump abused his power by withholding aid from Ukraine to try to get investigations and then obstructed Congress during the investigation.
The “markup” process for the draft articles of impeachment took place this week, including 14 hours of hearings yesterday that saw many Republicans make objections to the process and to the articles themselves. Democrats shut down all of the objections, however, and also denied Republican requests to have a day of minority-led hearings where they could call witnesses to rebut the accusations.
Nadler finally cut off the hearings at 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, announcing the panel vote to forward the articles of impeachment to the full House at 10 a.m. Friday.
The vote announcement seemed to be a surprise to Republicans, some of whom apparently had travel plans to leave town on Friday morning. The vote was expected to happen Thursday night, but Republicans said it was delayed so that Democrats could be in front of the television cameras and have more viewers than they would late Thursday night.
Party line vote
Judiciary Committee Democrats voted to pass the articles of impeachment Friday morning. All 17 Republicans on the Judiciary Committee voted against the articles, and it is expected that all 197 House Republicans will vote against them when the full House vote takes place, probably next Wednesday.
Many votes are expected ahead of the December recess, scheduled to start next Friday, December 20. If enough moderate Democrats vote to pass the articles, they will be forwarded to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said that a trial may or may not take place.
In truth, Nadler does seem to really want President Donald Trump to be impeached. Maybe he just has narcolepsy. Or ate too many carbs at lunch and has low blood sugar.
He’s 72 years old, for goodness sake. He probably just needs a nap.