WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When the U.S. Senate begins the trial to consider impeachment charges against President Donald Trump, a handful of lawmakers from the House of Representatives will act as prosecutors to lay out the case against the president.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with U.S. Representative Jeff Van Drew, a Democratic lawmaker who opposed his party’s move to impeach Trump, after Van Drew announced he was becoming a Republican, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., December 19, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to name those “managers,” as they are formally known. But here are some of the lawmakers seen as leading candidates, all of them Democrats:
The House Judiciary Committee chairman, 72, has been a Trump antagonist since he opposed a Trump real estate development in Manhattan decades ago as a New York state assemblyman.
Nadler’s committee crafted the two articles of impeachment against Trump, which were approved by the House on Wednesday.
The House Intelligence Committee chairman, 59, has been a leading figure in the impeachment inquiry that preceded the vote.
Schiff spearheaded an investigation that featured testimony from U.S. officials about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, both in private and on national television. He also been a favorite punching bag for House Republicans.
A former federal prosecutor, he represents a district in the Los Angeles area.
Jeffries, 49, is considered a rising star in the party and a potential future House Speaker. An African-American lawyer from Brooklyn, he was the top House Democrat behind a bipartisan criminal-justice reform bill that Trump signed into law last year.
Demings, 62, is the former chief of the Orlando, Florida police department. As a member of both the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, she has been involved in the impeachment investigation for months and knows the case against the president well.
Like Demings, the 39-year-old Californian sits on both the Judiciary and Intelligence committees. He briefly ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year.
A former deputy district attorney, Swalwell is described by aides as being close to Schiff.
A former constitutional law professor, the 57-year-old Maryland Democrat has played a prominent role in the House Judiciary Committee. Raskin, whose father was an aide to former President John F. Kennedy, filled in for Nadler to shepherd the articles of impeachment to the House floor.
Krishnamoorthi, 46, was born in India and came to the United States at the age of three. He worked as a state prosecutor before he was elected in 2016 to represent a suburban Chicago district.
During the impeachment hearings, Krishnamoorthi came to the defense of one of the star witnesses, Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman, who faced insinuations of disloyalty because he was born in Ukraine and immigrated as a child to the United States.
“From one immigrant American to another immigrant American, I want to say that you and your family represent the very best of America,” Krishnamoorthi told Vindman.
Lofgren, 71, has deep experience with impeachment.
She began her Washington career as a House Judiciary Committee aide when it held impeachment hearings against Republican President Richard Nixon in 1974. Elected to the House in 1994 to represent a northern California district, she has served on the Judiciary Committee while it drafted impeachment articles against both Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1998 and Trump this year.
An outspoken progressive, Jayapal, 54, became the first Indan-American woman to serve in Congress when she was elected to represent a Seattle-area district in 2014. She was a civil-rights activist before she was elected.
A member of the Intelligence Committee, Castro, 45, also chairs his identical twin brother Julian Castro’s presidential campaign.
He was first elected to represent his San Antonio district in 2012.
Reporting by David Morgan, Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan; Editing by Andy Sullivan and Chizu Nomiyama