Speaker Names Seven Impeachment Managers
Adam Schiff will lead prosecuting team
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a group of seven lawmakers who will serve as impeachment managers in the upcoming trial against President Trump.
Leading the team of experienced litigators will be Adam Schiff of California, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who conducted weeks of hearings and depositions in the impeachment inquiry.
Also among the managers are House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler of New York, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Carolyn Maloney of New York, and Judiciary Committee member Zoe Lofgren of California. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Val Demings of Florida, Sylvia Garcia of Texas and Jason Crow of Colorado make up the rest of the group of managers.
In making her announcement, Speaker Pelosi said “an impeachment will last forever,” adding, “This is a very important day for us.” She said the representatives selected are experienced as litigators and are comfortable in a courtroom setting and making a strong, evidence-based case. “The emphasis is making the strongest possible case to protect and defend our Constitution, to seek the truth for the American people.”
Representative Schiff challenged Senator Mitch McConnell, the Majority Leader, to support the introduction of additional evidence and hearing from witnesses. “If McConnell makes this the first trial in history without witnesses, it will be exposed for what it is and that’s an effort to cover up for the president,” he said. Speaker Pelosi added, “Dismissal is cover-up.” Congressman Nadler said, “It is essential we bring this impeachment to stop the president from rigging the next election.”
The House must still vote to approve the managers and to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, but it is a foregone conclusion that those votes will take place today.
- For Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as he presides over the coming trial of the president.
- For Senator McConnell as he superintends the proceedings in the Senate.
- For President Trump and his family as the trial progresses, and he endeavors to continue his commitment to governing.