House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named seven impeachment managers Wednesday, shortly before a draft resolution appointing them will be introduced to the House of Representatives.
“It is their responsibility to present the very strong case for the president’s impeachment and removal,” Pelosi said. “The impeachment managers represent the patriotism, pluralism and vibrancy of America.”
The managers,all members of the House, will serve in a role similar to prosecutors once the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins in the Senate on Tuesday. They are tasked with presenting House Democrats’ case in the trial, which will determine whether Trump should be convicted and removed from office. Removal requires a two-thirds majority, or 67 votes in the GOP-majority Senate.
Unlike the group of 13 Republicans who managed their case against President Bill Clinton, who were all white men, this group of seven managers consists of three women and four men. Two are members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and one is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
The House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump on Dec. 18, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Democrats say Trump abused his power by pressuring the government of Ukraine to open politically motivated investigations and obstructed Congress during its investigation by withholding witnesses and documents.
Here are the managers for Trump’s impeachment trial:
Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.
Nadler, as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, ushered the articles of impeachment through his committee and onto the House floor for the historic vote. All of the managers for Clinton’s impeachment were members of the Judiciary Committee, but Pelosi opted for a different approach for Trump.
Nadler said there was a “mountain of evidence” that Trump had “betrayed his country by trying to extort Ukraine.”
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, played a key role during the House’s impeachment inquiry into Trump’s actions in Ukraine. His panel led the inquiry, conducting closed-door depositions and public testimonies with more than a dozen people involved in the Ukraine controversy.
Schiff has experience as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, where he worked as a federal prosecutor for six years.
Pelosi named Schiff the lead manager of the trial.
Schiff called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday to permit witnesses and documents to be admitted during the Senate trial, especially in light of the new documents released Tuesday by congressional investigators.
“Additional evidence continues to come to light that not only bolsters an overwhelming case but has put additional pressure on the Senate to conduct a fair trial,” Schiff said.
Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo.
Crow, a first-term lawmaker from an Aurora, Colo.-area district, is an Army veteran and lawyer. He sits on the House Armed Services Committee. Crow was part of a group of seven House Democrats with national security backgrounds who said in a Washington Post op-ed in September 2019 that they would support an impeachment inquiry if the allegations about Trump’s conduct on Ukraine were true.
Crow was a litigator in private practice before he ran for office.
Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas
Garcia, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, played a public role during the committee’s impeachment hearings. She represents a Houston-area district and became one of the first Latinas to represent a Texas district when she was elected in 2018.
Garcia was a judge in the Houston Municipal System before her tenure in Congress.
Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla.
Demings, who is a member of the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, played a public role during both committees impeachment hearings. Demings is also a former law enforcement officer, serving as the first female Orlando chief of police, and could bring her police experience to the proceedings.
As a Floridian, she could help counter Republican criticisms of impeachment as being led by members of Congress from only blue areas.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.
Jeffries,who was a litigator in private practice before he ran for office, sits on the Judiciary Committee and chairs the House Democratic Caucus, which has helped shape Democrats’ messaging on impeachment.His position in House Democratic leadership makes him the highest-ranking lawmaker in the group of lawmakers who will prosecute the case against Trump.
Jeffries said Wednesday that his role was to “present the truth to the American people.”
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.
Lofgren, who is on the Judiciary Committee, offers a unique perspective as a member who served in Congress during Clinton’s impeachment and as a staff member of the Judiciary Committee during the impeachment investigation of President Richard Nixon.