Pelosi names NY reps Jerry Nadler and Hakeem Jeffries, 5 others impeachment trial managers

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January 15, 2020 - 10:28 am

WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) — Two members of Congress from New York City are among the seven chosen by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be impeachment trial managers in the Senate.

Reps. Jerry Nadler and Hakeem Jeffries were among those chosen Wednesday morning.

The other managers are: Reps. Adam Schiff of California, Jason Crow of Colorado, Zoe Lofgren of California, Val Demings of Florida and Sylvia Garcia of Texas.

Schiff  is Intelligence Committee chairman and led the probe. Nadler is Judiciary Committee chairman; his committee approved the impeachment articles.

“Today is an important day,” said Pelosi, flanked by the team. “This is about the Constitution of the United States.”’

Reps. Jerry Nadler and Hakeem Jeffries

Schiff and Nadler will lead the seven member team that includes a diverse selection of lawmakers, particularly those with courtroom experience.

Trump was impeached by the Democratic-led House last month on charges of abuse of power over his pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden as Trump withheld aid from the country. He was also charged with obstructing Congress’ ensuing probe.

The House is set to vote later in the day to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial on whether the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are grounds for his removal. The managers will walk then walk the articles across the Capitol to the Senate.

Trump's trial will be only the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history, and it comes against the backdrop of a politically divided nation and an election year.

New details of Trump's efforts on Ukraine emerged late Tuesday, increasing pressure on senators to call witnesses in the trial, a step that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been reluctant to take.

House investigators announced they were turning over a “trove” of new records of phone calls, text messages and other information from Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said the information shows Trump's effort ‘’to coerce Ukraine into helping the President’s reelection campaign." He said this and other new testimony must be included in the Senate trial.