Pelosi Names Managers For House’s Impeachment Case

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This Wednesday, the House was set to formally vote on a resolution sending their impeachment case against President Donald Trump over to the Senate for a trial, and shortly before the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) publicly named the managers that she had chosen for the House’s case. The team — which includes seven members of Congress, most of whom have already had quite prominent roles in the impeachment process — will present the House’s case in a manner similar to prosecutors at a trial. They will also take written questions from Senators following their opening arguments.

So far, that’s just about all that’s set. Senate Republicans have indicated a plan to delay even considering the question of whether or not to hear from witnesses until after opening arguments and initial questions. In the meantime, the newly named impeachment managers include:

  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)
  • Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.)
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)
  • Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.)
  • Rep. Jason Crow (D-Co.)
  • Rep. Val Demings (D-Fl.)
  • Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas)

Schiff is, of course, the current chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, while Nadler leads the House Judiciary Committee. Both of those panels hosted some of the public hearings leading up to the House’s formal impeachment of the president. Meanwhile, others on the list are prominent members of these committees. Jeffries serves on the Judiciary panel, while Demings actually serves on both the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. She’s one of just a few members of Congress with that distinction. (She also serves on the Homeland Security Committee.)

When announcing the managers, Pelosi insisted:

‘The president if not above the law. He will be held accountable. He has been held accountable. He has been impeached. He has been impeached forever. They can never erase that.’

During those same remarks, she also lauded the delay that the House had chosen to enact between impeaching the president and actually sending the case to the Senate for a trial. Just this week, House Dems released a trove of new evidence that emerged during that timeframe — including a series of texts that suggest that Lev Parnas, an associate of none other than Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, had now former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch under some kind of surveillance when she was still in office. Yovanovitch’s attorney has promptly insisted that an investigation should be conducted into this in its own right, although with Trump appointees at the helm of the Justice Department, the future of that possible investigation seems questionable at best.

Trump has responded to the whole thing with more of his rambling. This Wednesday morning, the day after he again rambled on about supposed problems with American toilets at a campaign rally, he tweeted:

‘Here we go again, another Con Job by the Do Nothing Democrats. All of this work was supposed to be done by the House, not the Senate!’

In reality, he and his associates are the ones who have been clearly and straightforwardly implicated in a “con job.” Trump is the one who tried to bribe Ukraine into investigating his domestic political opponents and got caught.