A White House official on Friday joined the chorus of Republican critics of the impeachment process, denouncing as a “desperate charade” the vote by the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee to impeach President Donald Trump.
Moments after the committee voted 23-17 along party lines to put the measure to a vote of the full House, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham called it “shameful” and said the president is looking forward to fighting the impeachment in the full Senate, according to the White House pool report.
Read her statement below:
“This desperate charade of an impeachment inquiry in the House Judiciary Committee has reached its shameful end. The President looks forward to receiving in the Senate the fair treatment and due process which continues to be disgracefully denied to him by the House.”
Republican lawmakers also wasted no time venting their rage and promising to stand by President Trump when the full House votes on the measure next week.
Check out the reactions below:
For Democrats, impeachment is their drug, their obsession, their focus.— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) December 13, 2019
They said the evidence would be overwhelming. It wasn’t.
They promised there would be support for impeachment after hearings. There wasn’t.
Today, they failed to meet the standard they set for themselves. pic.twitter.com/Ntu6ALeRVO
Dems voted by party line to move the articles of impeachment through the Judiciary Committee–with no evidence & no case. This rushed, rigged process was a set-up from the start. 71% of Judiciary Dems supported impeachment BEFORE the Ukraine call. Sad day for our nation.— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) December 13, 2019
This morning, House Judiciary passed both articles of impeachment against @POTUS. Disappointingly, this was a party-line vote. There has been no vote scheduled for the full House, but the people of #TN6 know where I stand. I support President Trump.https://t.co/JhghMasuD2— John Rose (@RepJohnRose) December 13, 2019
Friday’s historic vote followed more than 14 hours — well into the evening Thursday night, and again Friday morning — of public debate over amendments to the articles of impeachment.
In the end, the committee opted to charge Trump with abuse of power for pressuring Ukraine to investigate one of his political rivals and obstruction of Congress for hindering the subsequent investigation of that abuse.
The full House is expected to vote, and pass, the articles next Wednesday, just before Congress breaks for the Christmas break. The Senate is likely to take up the question of whether to convict Trump and remove him from office when it returns from the break in January.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said the impeachment effort has “no chance” of succeeding in the upper chamber.