Expected move would clear way for Senate to decide on whether Trump should be removed from office.
Washington, DC – US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday named seven Democratic members of the House of Representatives as managers of the chamber’s case in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial.
The group will be led by Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who spearheaded the House’s impeachment inquiry, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, whose committee was responsible for advancing the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
“They are basically the prosecutors,” said Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School.
“They present the case on behalf of the House of Representatives on why the president should be convicted and removed from office and in this case also disqualified from ever holding future office,” Tribe told Al Jazeera.
In the Senate impeachment trial, all 100 senators must be present in the Senate chamber with the chief justice of the Supreme Court presiding.
House managers will be responsible for presenting the factual evidence and constitutional legal basis for Trump’s impeachment to the senators sitting as a jury.
“They have a fair amount of discretion about what they emphasise and the evidence they present,” Tribe said.
As the US prepares for the trial, here are the House members who will be presenting the Democrats’ case:
Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is a former federal prosecutor from California. His take-no-prisoners handling of the House’s inquiry into a suppressed whistle-blower’s report led to Trump’s impeachment for pressuring Ukraine.
He has a strong mental command of the voluminous testimony and documents given to House investigators by 17 witnesses and is adept at telling the narrative of Trump’s actions.
Jerrold Nadler is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which conducted a review of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
It is the Judiciary Committee that wrote and advanced two articles of impeachment against Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
A career politician and representative of New York City, Nadler and Trump have a long history. Nadler has a law degree from Fordham University in New York and a keen understanding of the constitutional and congressional procedural issues surrounding Trump’s impeachment.
An even-handed but determined advocate, Nadler was an early and forceful proponent within the Democratic leadership of moving forward with the impeachment of Trump.
Pelosi said Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren has played a role in three presidential impeachment proceedings, including as a staffer during the inquiry of former President Richard Nixon and as a member of the House Judiciary Committee during the investigation of former President Bill Clinton.
Lofgren, who is from California, is serving her 13th term in Congress. She is also a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and chair of the Committee on the House Administration.
Hakeem Jeffries of New York is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and chair of the House Democratic Caucus.
Before entering politics, he was a corporate lawyer in New York.
Val Demings has a law enforcement background, as the first black woman police chief of Orlando, Florida.
During the House impeachment inquiry, Demings was forceful on both the Intelligence and Judiciary committees in expressing outrage at Trump’s unlawful behaviour.
Jason Crow is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Before entering Congress, he was a lawyer in Colorado.
Crow served in Iraq and Afghanistan as an Army Ranger.
Representative Sylvia Garcia is a member of the House Judiciary Committee.
Garcia is among Texas’s first Latina women elected to the US House of Representatives.