House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was “prayerful” as she announced the team of impeachment managers who will work to convict President Donald Trump on charges of “insurrection.”
Calling it a “solemn privilege,” Pelosi revealed on Monday a list of nine Democrats picked to prosecute Trump in an upcoming Senate trial, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Impeachment and removal”
In typically high and reverential tones, Pelosi said that the Democrats will act with “great solemnity, prayerfulness and urgency.”
“It is their constitutional and patriotic duty to present the case for the President’s impeachment and removal,” she said, according to the Examiner. “Our Managers will honor their duty to defend democracy For The People with great solemnity, prayerfulness and urgency.”
Leading the effort is Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who recently lost his 25-year-old son to suicide, the New York Post notes. Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who attracted scrutiny late last year over his relationship with a Chinese spy, is also on the list, as are Democrat Reps. Diana DeGette (CO), David Cicilline (RI), Joaquin Castro (TX), Ted Lieu (CA), Joe Neguse (CO), Madeleine Dean (PA), and Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Justice must prevail”
The team is completely different from that which prosecuted the last year’s impeachment, which was led by Adam Schiff (D-CA) over allegations that Trump had engaged in a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine.
With support from 10 Republicans, Democrats impeached Trump again on Wednesday for inciting an “insurrection” last week when a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol building, The New York Times reported. Trump is the only president ever to be impeached twice.
In a speech on the House floor, the speaker called Trump a “clear and present danger” to the country and appealed to Congress for his immediate removal from office, just a week before his successor is to be sworn in. “Those insurrectionists were not patriots. They were not part of a political base to be catered to and managed. They were domestic terrorists. And justice must prevail,” Pelosi said, according to The Hill.
A trial is almost certainly not getting underway until Trump has already left office, however, as The Hill notes.
“Simply no chance”
In the meantime, much remains uncertain about the circumstances and timeline surrounding the proceedings in the upper chamber, but Democrats are urgent to get moving. They are concerned that the trial could disrupt Biden’s appointments and legislative work, Bloomberg notes.
“They could have a trial on Friday,” Rep. Lieu said during an interview with MSNBC Thursday. “They could have it next Monday. So we’re calling for Senator [Mitch] McConnell [R-KY] to bring the Senate in so we can have the trial.”
The majority leader has refused requests to bring the Senate back, however. He said in a statement Wednesday that there is “simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-Elect Biden is sworn in next week.”