House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is moving forward with the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump announcing Wednesday the House managers who will transmit the articles to the Senate in what she called “an impeachment that will last forever.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), House Administration Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Jason Crow (D-CO), Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) will assume the managerial roles.
“The emphasis is on litigators, the emphasis is on comfort level in the court room, the emphasis is on making the strongest possible case to protect and defend our constitution, to seek the truth for the American people,” Pelosi said.
“I’m very proud and honored that these seven members, distinguished members, have accepted this serious responsibility, again, to protect and defend for the people defending our Democracy.
The House is also set to hold a vote later Wednesday on finalizing the transmission of the articles to the Senate for a full trial.
In anticipation of Pelosi’s move today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that the trial will likely begin next Tuesday in the Senate.
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“The House is likely to finally send the articles over to us tomorrow and we’ll be able to…. in all likelihood go through some preliminary steps here this week which could well include the chief justice coming over and swearing in members of the Senate and some other kind of housekeeping measures,” Sen. McConnell said.
“We hope to be able to achieve that by consent which would set us up to begin the actual trial next Tuesday.”