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Pelosi's impeachment team represents the diversity of the Democratic caucus

Lindsey McPherson, CQ-Roll Call on

Published in Political News

WASHINGTON -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi has chosen a small but diverse group of managers to make the House's case for convicting President Donald Trump on two charges when the Senate impeachment trial begins next week, a move that reflects the membership of her own caucus.

Pelosi announced the managers, which include three women and three minorities, Wednesday morning.

The group, which flanked Pelosi during the announcement, stands in stark contrast to the 13 white Republican men who managed the articles of impeachment for the House during the 1999 impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and one of the managers, said questions about whether gender, racial and geographical diversity were factors in the picks were best posed to Pelosi. Jeffries is also the only member of elected Democratic leadership among the managers.

"We have great confidence in her and she consistently led us on behalf of the American people in a phenomenal way during her tenure and I suspect that she'll continue to do that," he said.

The team also demonstrates a range of experience. Rep. Val Demings of Florida, a member of the Judiciary and Intelligence committees and the former chief of the Orlando Police Department, is the first non-lawyer to serve as a House impeachment manager.

 

Meanwhile, Jason Crow of Colorado, an Armed Services member and former Army Ranger, was a bit of a surprise pick, as he was not on either Intelligence or Judiciary. But his selection gives the House team some national security credentials during a trial focused on the president's dealings with Ukraine and his holdup of military aid to the country.

Pelosi "wanted a group that was diverse, that had the confidence of the American people, that represented different backgrounds in litigation and legal experience but also experience in national security and law enforcement as well," said Crow, a former litigator.

Crow says the impeachment process has never been about politics for him.

"I've completely divorced politics from my constitutional obligation and my obligations to my oath," Crow said. "The people of Colorado want to make sure that we are ensuring our checks and balances and holding the administration accountable."

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