Rep. Jerry Nadler is from Manhattan. But he vowed to bring some outer borough attitude as he takes the gavel and the impeachment hearing of President Trump moves to his fractious Judiciary Committee.
The courtly upper West Side liberal spent Tuesday preparing for his debut in the national spotlight — and warned allies and opponents alike that he plans to run a tight ship.
““I’m not going to take any s—,” Nadler told fellow Democrat in a remark that visibly grabbed the attention of several fellow lawmakers, Politico reported, quoting several people in the room.
Nadler faces a tough task to keep an audience of millions focused on the next stage of the impeachment drama, starting Wednesday morning.
Four constitutional scholars — three picked by Democrats and one by the GOP — will testify about whether the actions of Trump described in the earlier Intelligence Committee hearing amount to impeachable offences.
The committee chairman is also going to have to figure out how to manage possible stunts by the Republicans, who are determined to discredit the impeachment process anyway they can.
Some of the GOP’s most outspoken members, like Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Rep. Lou Goehmert (R-Tex.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), are members of the committee, which is known for fireworks. The Republican chairman is Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), who is eager to show he is ready to lead a full-throated defense of Trump.