Democrats delay historic vote on impeachment articles

Republicans unsuccessfully tried to amend the articles then fumed that they weren’t consulted when Democrats delayed the vote until Friday.
2:39 | 12/13/19

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That drama in Washington. House Democrats delayed a vote on impeachment after a marathon 14-hour debate infuriating the Republicans. Both parties back at it this morning planning for a vote today. The final step before a full house vote on impeachment. Terry Moran joins us from capitol hill and, Terry, pretty clear Democrats didn't want to get accused of hiding the vote in the dead of night. Reporter: They did not and concerned Republicans were exploiting delaying tactics to force that vote in the dead of night. It went deep into the night. It was bitter and acrimonious. At times both were covering themselves in the mud they were hurling so when Jerry Nadler decided to postpone that vote until this morning, well, that started a fight too. Overnight an unexpected and abrupt break in the action. I want the members on both sides of the aisle to think about what has happened over the last two days and to search their consigns before we cast our final votes. Reporter: After 14 hours of heated debate, Democrats delayed a historic vote to approve charges against the president and send them to the full house for a vote. The committee is in recess. So typical. This is the kangaroo court we're talking about. Reporter: Republicans were outraged seemingly blindsided by what they consider a procedural cheap shot. They want to shine in these cameras, get prettied up then vote. Reporter: A fitting end to a bitter two-day brawl spurred by Republicans repeatedly trying to amend the articles of impeachment and weaken the allegations. Those efforts were stamped out by Democrats. It's so obvious that it is a last-minute after the fact desperate scramble to cover up the president's wrongdoing and I tell you what, we're not falling for it. Reporter: Trump's allies in the house are now looking forward to the senate trial where their party is in control. The Republicans in the senate will call hunter Biden. They will call the whistle-blower. And you better wait and see what the American public does when all of the facts are out. Reporter: But senate majority leader Mitch Mcconnell laid out his plans to quickly dispose of the impeachment in the new year confident in the senate outcome. There's zero chance the president obviously would be removed from office and I'm hoping we'll have no defections at all. Reporter: That is what it looks like, rock solid Republican support and the mecier and difficultyier this gets probably the more it helps Republicans. The president knows that. He's already out tweeting this morning congratulating what he calls the sheer brilliance and unity of the Republicans. The plank this morning is that they will have a vote beginning supposedly at 10:00 A.M. But

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