Republicans denounced the impeachment effort as a political vendetta by a party which was still upset about losing the 2016 election.
"This impeachment is going to fail, and the Democrats are justly going to pay a heavy political price for it," said Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA).
"This is a day that will live in infamy for the Judiciary Committee," said Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).
"It's a focus group impeachment," said Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), as Republicans decried the lack of detail in the articles of impeachment.
The delay in the committee vote until Friday left Republicans spitting mad, as GOP lawmakers were caught completely off guard.
“Stalinesque,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).
Republicans had prolonged debate until after 11 pm - and the immediate thought on Capitol Hill was that Democrats did not want to be accused of voting on impeachment 'in the middle of the night' - so they delayed action until Friday.
The panel will meet at 10 am ET.