After nearly a month of delay, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her fellow House Democrats have finally sent the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for trial — and the House speaker has hand-picked just over half a dozen Dems to represent her caucus along the way.
At a press conference Wednesday, Pelosi announced the names of seven Democrats who will serve as “impeachment managers” and represent the House in the Senate’s upcoming trial. Chief among them is none other than House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), who will serve as lead impeachment manager, according to The Hill.
Pelosi also appointed House Judiciary panel Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), as well as Democrat Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (NY), Zoe Lofgren (CA), Val Demings (FL), Jason Crow (CO), and Sylvia Garcia (TX), according to C-SPAN.
“The emphasis is making the strongest possible case to protect and defend our constitution, to seek the truth for the American people,” Pelosi told reporters at her Wednesday presser, according to BuzzFeed News. “I’m very proud and honored that these seven members, distinguished members, have accepted this serious responsibility.”
Shifty Schiff’s dishonest record
For his part, Schiff has played a central role in efforts to remove President Trump from office since Pelosi unilaterally launched her inquiry last fall, though recent events have caused some to question the Intel chairman’s character.
In an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe in September 2019, Schiff denied having any communications with the CIA employee who filed a so-called “whistleblower” complaint against Trump. “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower,” the California congressman asserted at the time, according to The Washington Post.
But just weeks later, a report from The New York Times showed Schiff’s contention wasn’t honest. “The [whistleblower] gave an early account of allegations against President Trump to a House aide who outlined it to Rep. Adam Schiff, who is now leading the impeachment inquiry,” a tweet from the paper read.
Schiff also came under fire for a reading a “parody” of Trump’s infamous July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky aloud on the House floor last October, a move that prompted House Republicans to propose a resolution seeking to censure the California congressman, according to Fox News. The resolution ultimately failed to gain traction.
A dangerous road
Now, Pelosi has apparently entrusted Schiff with her party’s entire impeachment gambit — and judging from his response on Twitter, President Trump isn’t too impressed by the move.
“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!” Trump wrote Thursday.
He went on: “Why should I have the stigma of Impeachment attached to my name when I did NOTHING wrong? Read the Transcripts! A totally partisan Hoax, never happened before. House Republicans voted 195–0, with three Dems voting with the Republicans. Very unfair to tens of millions of voters!”
Trump wasn’t alone in voicing condemnation of House Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blasted Pelosi and her caucus on Wednesday for taking the country “down a dangerous road.”
“If the Senate blesses this unprecedented and dangerous House process by agreeing that an incomplete case and subjective basis are enough to impeach a president, we will almost guarantee the impeachment of every future president,” the majority leader declared from the Senate floor.
The Senate formally began its trial over Trump’s impeachment on Thursday, though things won’t really kick off until the proceedings continue at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday.