Pelosi Announces Schiff, Nadler and Others as Impeachment Managers Against Trump
House Speaker presents the Democrats' legal team
Pelosi presented the Democrats' legal team while noting she emphasized "litigators" while selecting them.
“This is about the Constitution of the United States,” Pelosi said.
The managers are as follows:
- House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff
- House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler
- House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries
- Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo
- Val Demings, D-Fla
- Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas
- Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif
Many of the managers were chosen due to their backgrounds in previous impeachment proceedings.
Pelosi gloated that the charges against Trump will be a stain on his legacy, dramatically referring to an "impeachment that will last forever."
She said the House would pass a resolution to appropriate funds for the trial, and transmit the articles to the Senate.
"This is a very serious matter, and we take it to heart in a really solemn way," Pelosi said.
"It's about the Constitution, it's about the republic if we can keep it and [senators] shouldn’t be frivolous with the Constitution of the United States even though the president of the United States has."
"The president is not above the law. He will be held accountable. He already has been held accountable. He has been impeached, and you can never erase that."
Here we go again, another Con Job by the Do Nothing Democrats. All of this work was supposed to be done by the House, not the Senate!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2020
Trump responded to the announcement in a tweet:
“Here we go again, another Con Job by the Do Nothing Democrats. All of this work was supposed to be done by the House, not the Senate!”
Pelosi defended delaying sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate, saying that "time has been our friend in all of this because it has yielded incriminating evidence."
Pelosi sought to pressure Republicans to commit to allowing new testimony and documents by holding back the impeachment articles.
At the center of the case is Trump's effort to convince Ukraine to launch investigations of Democrats.
Trump denies wrongdoing, while Democrats allege he abused the power of his office.
A White House official told Fox News Trump's legal defense team in the looming impeachment trial would be led by White House Counsel Pat Cipollone.
The official added that Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow would also serve on the president’s defense, along with Cipollone deputies Michael Purpura and Patrick Philbin.