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Pelosi Names Impeachment Managers For Trump’s Senate Trial

The House will vote later Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. The long-awaited move sets the stage for a Senate trial to begin next week.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California announces the seven impeachment managers —(flanking Pelosi from left) Hakeen Jeffries, Sylvia Garcia, Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff, Val Demings, Zoe Lofgren Jason Crow — on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Updated at 10:30 a.m. ET

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named seven Democratic members of Congress as the managers to argue the case for President Trump’s impeachment before the Senate, beginning next week.

Pelosi appointed Reps. Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Val Demings, Hakeem Jeffries, Sylvia Garcia and Jason Crow as impeachment managers. Pelosi said Schiff will be the lead manager.

Pelosi said, “The emphasis is on litigators, the emphasis is on comfort level in the courtroom, the emphasis is making the strongest possible case to protect and defend our Constitution, to seek the truth for the American people.”

Later Wednesday, the House will hold its long-awaited vote to send to the Senate the two articles of impeachment against Trump that lawmakers approved last month, setting the stage for a Senate trial to begin next week.

“The American people deserve the truth, and the Constitution demands a trial,” Pelosi announced in a statement Tuesday. She added, “The president and the senators will be held accountable.”

Following the vote, the House will inform the Senate it is ready to transmit the articles across the Capitol. The Senate will respond that it is ready to receive them, and a formal procession and reception will take place. That could occur later Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate trial is expected to begin next Tuesday; Chief Justice John Roberts could swear in 100 U.S. senators as jurors as early as this week.

The vote comes a month after the House approved two articles of impeachment against the president, charging him with abusing the powers of his office by attempting to pressure the government of Ukraine to investigate potential political opponent Joe Biden and his son’s activities there and with obstructing Congress by refusing to cooperate in its investigation. Trump denies any wrongdoing and has excoriated the process.

The congressional proceedings mark just the third time in U.S. history that a president will be tried and face potential removal from office by the Senate. Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were acquitted by the Senate after impeachment by the House.

The exact ground rules for Trump’s trial remain unclear. Democrats have demanded that the Senate call additional witnesses, potentially including former national security adviser John Bolton, who has said he is willing to testify if subpoenaed. But McConnell has resisted, saying Tuesday that the “more contentious issue” of calling witnesses will be addressed later.

The Senate majority leader has sought to adhere to the procedure established in the Clinton impeachment trial in 1998, which allowed for a vote to dismiss the charges, as well as a vote on hearing additional testimony once opening arguments were made.

Trump has sought to have the Senate dismiss the charges, arguing that he did nothing wrong, but McConnell said Tuesday, “There is little to no sentiment in the Republican conference for a motion to dismiss.” With Republicans holding a 53-47 majority in the Senate, and 67 votes necessary to convict Trump, it is likely the president will be acquitted.

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