House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) was just unexpectedly called away from Washington, D.C. this week due to an undisclosed family emergency.
Nadler’s staffers stated they expected him to be back in plenty of time to cast his vote for impeachment, according to Breitbart.
No further information was released regarding the specifics of the emergency that called Nadler away from his congressional duties, but he did indeed return by Wednesday morning.
During his absence, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) filled in for Nadler on the committee.
Rep. Raskin presented the articles of impeachment to the Rules Committee, the last step prior to the articles being sent to full House for debate and vote.
As of Wednesday morning, the House started to work its way through the process, eventually culminating with a vote in the House.
What happens next
During the day on Wednesday, the House went through mostly procedural votes to bring the articles up for debate. At the end of the procedural votes, both Rep. Nadler and Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) were able to allocate time to their respective House members to debate the articles of impeachment.
For the most part, this amounted to endless ranting, with party members on both sides repeating the same argument over and over again.
Democrats had more than enough support to get the impeachment articles through the House, but that is about as far as Trump’s removal will go.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has already stated he is against calling witnesses in the Senate simply because Democrats failed to make their case in the House.
McConnell has also indicated that he is leaning towards seeking an outright dismissal of the impeachment.
It would be nice if it would end there, but that is not going to be the case. Numerous Democrats are already on record saying they will continue their attempts to impeach Trump no matter what.