Pelosi names House impeachment managers
Herb Boyd | 1/16/2020, 12:06 p.m.
Two New Yorkers are among the seven designated by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to act as managers in the Trump Senate impeachment trial. Rep. Jerry Nadler, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of Brooklyn have been selected along with Jason Crow of Colorado; Zoe Lofgren of California; Sylvia Garcia of Texas; Val Demings of Florida; and Adam Schiff of California, who will be the lead manager.
The managers represent a diversified group from different parts of the country; several are attorneys, and Jeffries and Demings are African Americans.
“This is about the Constitution of the United States and it’s important for the president to know and Putin to know that American voters—voters in America—should decide who our president is,” Pelosi said at a press conference with the managers. She added that the House would vote on Wednesday to approve the managers and transmit the two articles of impeachment to the Senate. The trial is scheduled to start next Tuesday, Jan. 21, though it’s still unclear about the status of potential witnesses.
By moving the impeachment in a slow methodical way, Pelosi was careful to make sure she had the votes to move forward, and this has allowed the accumulation of additional information that may be critical in the trial.
Trump charged in a tweet that the impeachment was a “con job,” and claimed he did not get a fair trial in the House, though there was no trial in the House, merely an investigation.
“Time has been our friend in all of this,” Pelosi said, “because it has yielded incriminating evidence, more truth into the public domain.”
Among the cache of new evidence are documents linking Trump to Rudy Giuliani, his personal attorney, some of which indicated a desire to get witnesses during the impeachment trial. Perhaps most damning is a letter from Giuliani requesting with Trump’s consent for a meeting with then president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. The documents were turned over by Lev Parnas, Giuliani’s alleged fixer.
In an earlier development, top GOP members of the Senate rejected Trump’s call for the dismissal of the impeachment charges. And four of them have intimated their support for Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine’s Iran war powers resolution, thereby curtailing Trump’s military acts against Iran.