Soon after House Democrats voted to impeach President Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) revealed that the issue won’t be moving to a Senate trial just yet. The House speaker wants to wait for Senate Republicans to establish rules for their proceedings before she names the House’s impeachment “managers,” who will present the articles on the Senate floor, according to CBS News.
Among the names being considered for the role, according to Fox News, is Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
Schiff takes the reins
Citing unnamed “bipartisan sources” in Congress, Fox reported Friday that several names have already been floated for the team of House impeachment managers. Chief among them is Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who has been a lead figure in Dems’ impeachment inquiry since its inception.
It was Schiff who took the reins at the start of the inquiry by holding closed-door depositions to accumulate evidence of Trump’s alleged impeachable offenses — and it was Schiff’s committee that held the first round of public hearings on the matter.
Schiff also took the lead role in the drafting of an impeachment report, which led to the announcement of the articles of impeachment. From the perspective of the Democrats, this makes him an ideal candidate to represent the party at Trump’s impeachment trial.
But Schiff isn’t the only contender out there.
They’re just getting started
According to Fox, another likely candidate to be at the forefront of the team of Democrat managers is Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Nadler oversaw the second round of public hearings in his panel and played an instrumental role in drafting the articles of impeachment against the president, according to the Atlantic.
Odds are, Schiff and Nadler will be joined by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and Rep. Jaime Raskin (D-MD), a constitutional lawyer. Both sit on the Judiciary Committee, according to Fox.
Other names mentioned by Fox included Reps. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA), two staunch supporters of Trump’s ouster, as well as other Intelligence and Judiciary panel members like Reps. Val Demings (D-FL), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA).
Of course, given that Congress has already gone into recess for the Christmas holiday break, it’s likely that Pelosi won’t name her team of managers until after Congress reconvenes in January.
With that, it looks like the impeachment circus will drag on well into 2020.
When will the witch hunt end?