In August, then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller admitted that his investigation found no proof that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election — but that hasn’t stopped Democrats from accusing their opponents of doing work for Vladimir Putin.
The latest example of this occurred on Wednesday in the form of incendiary remarks from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), which in turn sparked a furious response from Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), The Hill reported.
Sparks fly on House floor
The incident began with Texas Republican Louie Gohmert getting up to address the House. He insisted that the Democrats’ real goal for impeachment was to “stop the investigation of the U.S. Department of Justice and Ukraine into the corruption of Ukraine interference into the U.S. election in 2016.”
“This is a travesty, and we’re in big trouble. Because Schumer was right, now it’s lowered even farther, the bar,” he said. “It will be used for political battles and this country’s end is now in sight… And I hope I don’t live to see it. This is an outrage.”
Those remarks didn’t go over well with Nadler. When he got up to respond, Nadler accused Gohmert of trying to advance a foreign narrative. “I am deeply concerned that any member of the House would spout Russian propaganda on the floor of the House,” Nadler complained.
That allegation provoked a furious response from Gohmert, but he was drowned out by Colorado Democrat Rep. Diana DeGette who occupied the speaker’s chair. “The House will come to order,” she declared while hammering her gavel. Gohmert eventually took his seat.
Rep. Gohmert shouts from the well but is not recognized by the chair. pic.twitter.com/PFDkPo7t4T
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 18, 2019
A partisan impeachment
The drama punctuated a momentous day in which the House of Representatives passed two articles of impeachment against the president, almost entirely along partisan lines, according to the New York Post.
One unusual move was the lone vote of “present” issued by Hawaii Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. “I came to the conclusion that I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no,” Gabbard said after having reviewed the 658-page impeachment report.
“I am standing in the center and have decided to vote Present. I could not in good conscience vote against impeachment because I believe President Trump is guilty of wrongdoing,” Gabbard explained.
She went on: “I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting president must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country.”
And it’s hard to argue with that.