Along with fellow impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has been one of the most prominent faces in the fight to remove President Trump from office.
However, he has been forced to take a temporary step back from the impeachment battle due to his wife’s recent cancer diagnosis.
On Sunday, Nadler announced via Twitter that he would be missing part of the impeachment trial due to “a family health matter.” An accompanying statement provided more details.
“In December, following the House Judiciary Committee markup of the Articles of Impeachment against Donald J. Trump, my wife was admitted to the hospital where she was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer,” Nadler’s statement began.
“She has undergone surgery and is taking further steps to address the spread of the cancer,” the House Judiciary Chairman continued.
“On Monday, I will be in New York with her to meet with doctors, determine a path forward, and begin her treatment.”
Nadler concluded by saying, “I am sorry to miss some of the Senate Impeachment Trial, which is of critical importance to our democracy.
“I plan to return to Washington late Monday and appreciate the support of my colleagues and staff as I take this time to be with my wife and begin the long fight against her cancer.”
Nadler had to step away from the House impeachment inquiry for similar reasons in December. During Nadler’s absence then, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) took over the New York Democrat’s duties while he cared for his wife, Joyce Miller.
Miller was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during that time, often a swift-moving form of cancer that requires aggressive treatment.
Fox News reports that “The couple was married in December 1976 when they were both students and Nadler had just been elected to the New York State Assembly. Miller has held positions on several New York City and New York state government boards and has taught at Columbia University in Manhattan.”
Nadler is expected swiftly to return to his duties as one of the main House impeachment managers in the Senate trial.