(CNSNews.com) - Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler postponed a planned impeachment vote late Thursday night, infuriating Republicans who were not consulted about the schedule change, and prompting ranking member Doug Collins to say, "This committee is more concerned about getting on TV in the morning than it was finishing its job tonight and letting the members go home."
A short time later, Collins spoke to reporters:
"I have just witnessed just the most bush-league stunt I've ever witnessed in my professional life," Collins said after Nadler abruptly ended the 14-hour impeachment debate late Thursday night, telling the committee to return at 10 a.m. on this Friday the 13th to vote.
"But in the midst of impeachment, the chairman just ambushed the entire committee, did not have any consultation with the ranking member and tell him we're going to have votes at 10:00 a.m. in the morning?" Collins said.
"I guess they didn't think enough today of shredding their very paper-thin impeachment process for over 12- to 14 hours was enough! So tonight, without consulting the ranking members, without consulting anyone, the schedules of anybody we put out there, they're scheduling us at 10:00 a.m. in the morning."
Collins said Nadler's "integrity is gone."
And if the American people wonder about this impeachment anymore? They don't have to wonder anymore. They saw what happened right here tonight because this committee is more concerned about getting on TV in the morning then it was finishing its job tonight and letting the members go home.
Words cannot describe how inappropriate this was, how I have been saying for the whole year how this committee is just simply rim-shotting the rules of this House and this proves it tonight. They do not care about rules. They have one thing -- their hatred of Donald Trump. And this showed it tonight, because they wanted to shine in these cameras, get prettied up, and then vote and make it all happen.
This was the most -- I'm just beyond words at this point. But it shows their lack of integrity in this process and the lack of case that they have. For them to actually come out here to defend this is the most ludicrous thing I've ever seen in my life.
Collins said the expectation was to vote on the two articles of impeachment Thursday night.
But around 11 p.m., Nadler brought the gavel down, telling the committee:
It's been a long two days of consideration of these articles, and it is now very late at night. I want the members on both sides of the aisle to think about what’s happened over these last three days and to search their consciences before we have our final votes.
Therefore the committee will now stand in recess until tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., at which point I will move to divide the question so that each of us may have the opportunity to cast up or down votes on each of the articles of impeachment. Until history be our judge, the committee is in recess.
Collins said the arrangement was made to vote Thursday night because lawmakers had already made travel arrangements.
"But to not even consult the ranking members, to not even give us a heads up?" he asked. "And we had been consulting back and forth in those last few minutes, about who was going to speak and how we were going to end the speaking tonight...We had plenty more amendments and other things we could have offered up and been here all night. But we chose to say, we've said all we need to say, they said all they need to say, and we're finishing this up."
Collins said the American people "know it's all about these TV screens. It's all about getting at a president because they want the prime time hit.
“This is Speaker Pelosi and Adam Schiff and the others directing this committee -- I don't have a chairman anymore. I guess I just need to go straight to Ms. Pelosi and say, what TV hit does this committee need to do? Because this committee has lost all relevance. I'll see y'all tomorrow.”