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Reporting from Pelosi’s press conference in DC, Guardian senior political reporter, Lauren Gambino, has details on the announcement:
After a cloak-and-dagger selection process – during which members lobbied for a position on the team – the newly-selected managers appeared at a press conference ahead of a vote to formally approve their appointment.
The team includes: House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff; House Judiciary chair Jerry Nadler; Zoe Lofgren, who has participated in three impeachment proceedings; Democratic caucus chair, Hakeem Jeffries; Val Demmings, who was Orlando’s first female chief of police; Jason Crow, a veteran Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan; and Sylvia Garcia, one of the first two Latinas elected from Texas in 2018.
The team includes woman, two African Americans and one Latina – a stark contrast from the teams appointed to make the case for removing Andrew Johnson from office in 1868 and Bill Clinton from office in 1999.
“The House has demonstrated its courage and patriotism,” Pelosi said. “Our managers reflect those values, and will now honor their responsibility to defend democracy for the people with great seriousness, solemnity and moral strength.”
The House will start debate on a resolution to approve the impeachment managers and take a vote shortly after that. Then the articles are formally transmitted to the Senate in a process that’s rich in pomp and circumstances. The managers will escort the articles in a wooden box across the Capitol and physically deliver them to the Senate.
Pelosi announces impeachment managers