GOP rep rails against Democrats for rejecting Republican impeachment amendment

GOP Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneGOP lawmaker offers resolution to censure Pelosi for holding articles of impeachment GOP rep releases campaign ad ripping Kaepernick, 'The Squad' GOP rep rails against Democrats for rejecting Republican impeachment amendment MORE (Ala.), who offered the sole amendment to articles of impeachment in the House Rules Committee, on Wednesday railed on the House floor against Democrats for rejecting the change ahead of the impeachment vote.

The amendment would have struck language alleging President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE consistently attempted to undermine investigations and replace it with language stating the president acted consistently with the previous administration's behavior during congressional probes.

“These actions were strikingly similar to the conduct of President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Former NYT correspondent rips Democrats' 'selective use' of constitutional violations Obama portraits leaving National Portrait Gallery to tour museums across the country MORE and Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderWisconsin governor rolls out proposal for redistricting committee End impeachment's government shutdown Parties to wage census battle with outside groups MORE when they defied a lawful subpoena issued by the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform of the House of Representatives related to the Fast and Furious investigation and it is the sense of Congress that based upon the standard contained in this article, articles of impeachment should have been brought against both of those individuals,” the amendment read.

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Byrne, who is currently running for Senate in Alabama, has been a vocal opponent of impeachment and adamant defender of the president since Democrats launched the inquiry earlier this year. The Alabama Republican has repeatedly blasted the probe into the president’s handling of foreign policy in Ukraine as a partisan “witch hunt,” arguing Democrats are attempting to unwind the results of the 2016 election.

“Most of my friends on the other side of the aisle had no problem backing President Obama when he stonewalled this House for years to block our quest to find out the truth in the Fast and Furious investigation,” he said on the floor.

“That is why I filed an amendment to the resolution, rejected by the Rules Committee, saying, based upon the Democrat majority’s standard, they should have written articles of impeachment against President Obama and Eric Holder. I wish my colleagues would think about the standard being set. I predict that they will very soon regret it.”

Democrats unveiled the two articles of impeachment last week, one of which pertained to abuse of power and the other relating to obstruction of Congress, which were first marked up in the House Judiciary Committee before heading to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

The articles are expected to pass along party lines on Wednesday evening, setting up an impeachment trial in the Senate.

While Republicans have been highly critical of impeachment, Democrats have fiercely defended the probe, arguing they conducted a fair and crucial investigation into potential corruption. Just two Democrats, Reps. Collin PetersonCollin Clark PetersonThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week House delivers impeachment articles to Senate Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall MORE (D-Minn.) and Jefferson Van Drew (D-N.J.), the latter of whom is reportedly planning to switch parties, are expected to vote against both measures.