Republicans in the Judiciary Committee will not have a minority hearing day on impeachment, Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) ruled on Thursday morning.
Lawmakers in the committee held their second day of debates on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump that were unveiled by top Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), earlier in the week.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking Republican on the committee, argued that House rules require the chairman to hold a minority hearing, where they would call up their own witnesses to testify.
Collins then accused Nadler of refusing to respond.
“The chairman has refused to respond to multiple additional requests that that hearing be scheduled,” he said. “Its a farce that we are having to rule on this today, but theres no other time were actually taking up the articles today.”
Nadler argued that Republicans on the committee were seeking “broader privilege” than what is allowed under the rules. He said the lone witness in the first hearing, George Washington Law School professor Jonathan Turley, showed the minority view was represented.
He said that regarding Collinss request, there is “no precedent” for the move.
Nadler then told the committee, “I ruled that the point of order is not well taken.”
Later, Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) read a copy of the rules from a sheet of paper in front of her.
“It says in the rules that you require to set a date for a minority hearing,” she read, adding that during the hearing, the rules were “thrown out of the window.”
Nadler eventually said he would be open to a hearing but wouldnt cancel Thursdays hearing.
“The House rule does not require me to schedule a hearing on a particular day, nor does it require me to schedule a hearing as a condition precedent to taking any specific legislative action,” he said. “Otherwise the minority would have the ability to delay or block majority legislation action, which is clearly not the purpose of the rule.”
Democrats claimed that Republicans were not addressing the substance of the charges against Trump.
“Let us dispense with these process arguments and get to the substance of why we are here today,” Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.)Read More – Source