House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has named the House Democrats who will serve as seven impeachment managers – or prosecutors outlining the case – in the Senate trial of President Donald Trump.
The lead manager would be Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Ca), who has been spearheading first Russiagate and then Ukrainegate campaigns. He will be joined by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Ca), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO),Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX).
Following Pelosi’s announcement, there will be a vote in the House to send the articles of impeachment – charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – to the Senate, and the managers will ceremonially walk the two articles to the other side of the Congress building.
The impeachment effort against Trump centers on allegations that he pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to reopen a corruption investigation into the family of Joe Biden – a frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Democrats have cited a July phone call between Trump and Zelensky as evidence of this, as well as testimony from a host of second-hand witnesses to the call.
Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart have denied any impropriety, with Trump accusing the Democrats of running a “witch hunt” against him.
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