Who are the impeachment managers selected for the Senate trial of President Donald Trump?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named seven impeachment managers in a Wednesday press conference, shortly before a draft resolution appointing managers will be introduced to the House of Representatives.
The managers,all members of the House, will serve in a role similar to prosecutors once the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins in the Senate. They are tasked with presenting House Democrats’ case in the trial, which will determine whether Trump should be convicted and removed from office. Removal requires a two-thirds majority, or 67 votes in the GOP-majority Senate.
The House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump on Dec. 18 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Democrats allege Trump abused his power by pressuring the government of Ukraine to open politically motivated investigations and obstructed Congress during its investigation by withholding witnesses and documents.
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Here are the managers for Trump’s impeachment trial:
Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.
Nadler, as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, ushered the articles of impeachment through his committee and onto the House floor for the historic vote. All of the impeachment managers for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment were members of the Judiciary Committee, although Pelosi opted for a different approach for Trump’s impeachment.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. listens during the House Judiciary Committee markup of H.Res. 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald J. Trump in Washington, DC on Dec. 12, 2019. (Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY)
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, played a key role during the House’s impeachment inquiry into Trump’s actions in Ukraine. His panel led the inquiry, conducting closed-door depositions and public testimonies with more than a dozen people involved in the Ukraine controversy.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., asks former National Security Council official Fiona Hill and State department official David Holmes questions as they testify in a public hearing in the impeachment inquiry into allegations President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate his political rivals on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 21, 2019. (Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY)
Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo.
Crow, a first-term lawmaker from an Aurora, Colo.-area district, is an army veteran and lawyer. He sits on the House Armed Services Committee. Crow was a part of seven House Democrats with national security backgrounds who said in a September 2019 Washington Post op-ed they would support an impeachment inquiry if the allegations about Trump’s conduct on Ukraine were true.
Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (Photo: AP)
Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas
Garcia, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, played a public role during the committee’s impeachment hearings. She represents a Houston, Texas-area district and became of the one first Latinas to represent a Texas district when she was elected in 2018.
Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas speaks as the House Judiciary Committee meets to mark up Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump in Washington on Dec. 11, 2019. — (Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY)
Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla.
Demings, who is a member of the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, played a public role during both committees impeachment hearings. Demings is also a former law enforcement officer and could bring her police experience to the proceedings.
As a Floridian, she could help to counter Republican criticisms of impeachment as being led by members of Congress from only blue areas.
Rep. Val Demings, D-FL., speaks as the House Judiciary Committee receives counsel presentations of evidence as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Dec. 9, 2019 in Washington. (Photo: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY NETWORK)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.
Jeffries sits on the Judiciary Committee and chairs the House Democratic Caucus, which has helped shape Democrats’ messaging on impeachment.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., votes to approve the second article of impeachment against President Donald Trump during a House Judiciary Committee meeting, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 13 December 2019. (Photo: PATRICK SEMANSKY / POOL, EPA-EFE)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.
Lofgren, who is on the Judiciary Committee, offers a unique perspective as a member who served in Congress during Clinton’s impeachment and as a staff member of the Judiciary Committee during President Richard Nixon’s impeachment.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., speaks during the House Judiciary Committee markup of H.Res. 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald J. Trump in Washington, DC on Dec. 12, 2019. (Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY)
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