On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced during a press conference, the seven Democratic lawmakers who will serve as impeachment managers to present their case against President Trump in a Senate trial, after holding back the articles for nearly a month.
Pelosi claimed the charges against the president will be a stain on his legacy, and in the same breath said it was solemn, but then, bragged that she was proud.
“This is a very serious moment and we take it to heart and a really solemn way. It’s about the Constitution. …. The president is not above the law, he will be held accountable. He has been held accountable. He has been impeached. He’s been impeached forever. They can never erase that. I’m very proud…,” Speaker Pelosi claimed.
The managers Pelosi appointed include House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) who will be the lead manager and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), whose committee drafted the articles of impeachment.
She also assigned Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) Jason Crow (D-CO) Val Demings (D-FL) Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA).
President Trump hit back on Twitter after the House Speaker’s announcement writing: “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!” (Continued Below)
Pelosi also defended her decision to delay sending the articles to the Senate for an entire month by claiming that “time has been our friend in all of this because it has yielded incriminating evidence.”
Meanwhile, a White House official said Tuesday that the president’s legal defense team in the looming impeachment trial would be led by White House Counsel Pat Cipollone. The official said that Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow would also serve on the president’s defense, as well as Cipollone deputies Michael Purpura and Patrick Philbin, as reported by Fox News.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Tuesday that he expects President Trump’s impeachment trial to begin on Tuesday, January 21. (Video Below)
President Donald Trump’s official tweet:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2020
Cryin’ Chuck Schumer just said, “The American people want a fair trial in the Senate.” True, but why didn’t Nervous Nancy and Corrupt politician Adam “Shifty” Schiff give us a fair trial in the House. It was the most lopsided & unfair basement hearing in the history of Congress!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2020
Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement:
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 15, 2020
Official remarks from Pelosi: