Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY
Published 7: 35 p.m. ET Dec. 17, 2019 | Updated 11: 28 a.m. ET Dec. 18, 2019
WASHINGTON – “‘Twas the night before #impeachment and all through the House, Pelosi chased vulnerable Democrats, like a cat after a mouse,” the Twitter thread for the Republican staffers for the House Oversight Committee begins.
“The Articles were sent to the Capitol without care, And put before all Members, after a process far from fair.”
The staffers recreated the “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” poem in a series of tweets directed at Democrats. The House Oversight Committee was one of three committees leading the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and Ukraine.
The full House is expected Wednesday to vote on two articles of impeachment—abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The president is accused of pressuring Ukraine to open investigations that would benefit his 2020 election campaign by investigating former vice president Joe Biden and his son. The House is expected to vote on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress articles after they were passed by the Judiciary Committee Friday.
The Articles were sent to the Capitol without care,
And put before all Members, after a process far from fair.
— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) December 17, 2019
The Republican’s poem continued that “The Democrats were restless, not snug in their beds, While nightmares of November danced in their heads. And the whole country knew those four facts to be true; Pelosi looked away, but not Jeff Van Drew.”
Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., who has opposed impeachment, wouldn’t say Tuesday whether he was still planning to abandon the Democratic party and become a Republican after a swirl of news reports of him switching parties led Democrats in his state to attack him as a coward. He fended off questions from reporters over whether his party change would be considered a betrayal to constituents and whether this was just a political decision in hopes of keeping his seat.
“When, what to my wondering eyes should I see, But the Coastal Impeachment Squad with hearts full of glee. Away to the cameras Democrats flew in a dash, They couldn’t resist impeaching the President, despite the backlash,” the poem continues.
Recent polling has shown Americans to be roughly evenly split on their opinions on impeachment. A poll released Tuesday by ABC News and The Washington Post Tuesday also found that there is a 49%-46% split on whether Trump should be impeached and removed from office, with a slim majority in favor.
The poem concludes that “Pelosi sprung from her chair, and to her team gave the okay, And weary Democrats knew they had to obey. ‘On, Swalwell! On, Lofgren! On, Jackson Lee! I know you’ll vote YES on impeachment, you always follow me!'”
“And I heard her exclaim, as they walked off the floor, “Merry impeachment to all! Now voters will show you the door.”
The ranking member for the House Oversight Committee Republicans is Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, one of the president’s most vocal defenders on Capitol Hill.
Contributing: Jeanine Santucci, Christal Hayes, Bart Jansen, Nicholas Wu
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