House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has selected seven House Democrats as impeachment managers in the Senate trial against President Donald Trump.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Jan. 15, Pelosi said seven Democratic lawmakers “have accepted this serious responsibility … to protect and defend, for the people, defending our democracy.”
The seven managers, who would essentially act as prosecutors in the trial, include Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), three veteran lawmakers Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and Val Demings (D-Fla.), and two freshmen Jason Crow (D-Colo.) and Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas).
Schiff will serve as the lead of the manager team, Time reported.
“What is at stake here is the Constitution of the United States. This is what an impeachment is about,” Pelosi said.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 15, 2020
The House speaker said her chamber will vote on a resolution sending the articles of impeachment later on Wednesday, which will allow the Senate to kick off a trial in the coming days.
According to Politico, the managers will read the resolution as well as the full articles of impeachment on the Senate floor as early as Thursday morning.
However, after Pelosi announced the House vote on sending impeachment articles on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)said the Senate trial will not begin in earnest until next Tuesday, Jan. 21.
“We’ll be able to 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 … which would set us up to begin the actual trial next Tuesday,” McConnell said.
The House voted in December to impeach President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. However, Pelosi has withheld the articles from the Senate as leverage in negotiations with Senate Republicans over the rules for the Senate’s impeachment trial.