Pelosi names Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Hakeem Jeffries, Val Demmings, Jason Crow, and Sylvia Garcia of Texas as impeachment managers. Pelosi emphasized litigators to make the strongest case against Trump. pic.twitter.com/I9JSfXYGx7
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) January 15, 2020
Courtesy of CBS News:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has revealed the impeachment managers for President Trump’s upcoming Senate trial, naming the members who will prosecute the case against the president on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
She announced her selections Wednesday morning:
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
Congresswoman Val Demings
Congressman Jason Crow
Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia
As chairmen of the lead committees conducting the impeachment inquiry, Schiff and Nadler are natural choices to argue the case for impeachment in the Senate. Lofgren has experience with three impeachment processes, as a Judiciary Committee staffer during the impeachment inquiry into President Nixon, and a member of Congress during the impeachment of President Clinton. Jeffries is the chairman of the Democratic Caucus in the House.
Demings is a second-term congresswoman from Florida who previously served as a police chief, while Crow and Garcia are freshmen members of Congress. Crow, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was also a litigator in private practice. Garcia, who is on the Judiciary Committee, was the first woman to be elected to the Harris County Commissioner’s Court.
“There is an overwhelming case without any reasonable doubt that the president betrayed the country,” Nadler said during the conference. “The Senate is on trial as well as the president.”
After voting on these managers later today, Pelosi will deliver the articles of impeachemnt to the Senate.
For his part Mitch McConnell says that the Senate trial will likely start next Tuesday.
NEW: Sen. Mitch McConnell says “the House is likely to finally send the articles over to us tomorrow,” allowing Senate to take steps “which would set us up to begin the actual trial next Tuesday.” https://t.co/fdEcqTc9du pic.twitter.com/Nzi67s5Zj8
— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) January 14, 2020
It also appears that there is a plan in place to limit access to the proceedings by journalists.
Courtesy of Roll Call:
The Senate sergeant-at-arms and Capitol Police are launching an unprecedented crackdown on the Capitol press corps for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, following a standoff between the Capitol’s chief security officials, Senate Rules Chairman Roy Blunt and the standing committees of correspondents.
Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael C. Stenger will enact a plan that intends to protect senators and the chamber, but it also suggests that credentialed reporters and photographers whom senators interact with on a daily basis are considered a threat.
Additional security screening and limited movement within the Capitol for reporters are two issues that are drawing criticism from Capitol Hill media.
The Standing Committee of Correspondents, which represents journalists credentialed in the daily press galleries in the House and Senate, has come out forcefully against the planned restrictions that it says rejected every suggestion made by the correspondents “without an explanation of how the restrictions contribute to safety rather than simply limit coverage of the trial.”
I am not at all surprised by this move since it seems that locking the press out has been the goal of Republicans since jump street.