The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday on a measure that sends the articles of impeachment over to the Senate, which will consider the choice of indicting or acquitting President Donald Trump in a trial that will likely start next week.
Included in the provision to send over the articles of impeachment were the naming of seven lawmakers who will act as House managers, advocating on behalf of that chamber in the Senate trial and arguing for Trump’s impeachment, the New York Times reported. Those seven include:
- Rep. Adam Schiff, from California;
- Rep. Jerry Nadler, from New York;
- Rep. Val Demings, from Florida;
- Rep. Zoe Lofgren, from California;
- Rep. Jason Crow, from Colorado;
- Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, from New York;
- and Rep. Sylvia Garcia, from Texas
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi shared a post on Twitter announcing the House managers, arguing that the team of lawmakers had experience as litigators in the past to take on the role.
The Managers of the impeachment trial of the President are public servants committed to protecting our Constitution – and have the litigation and courtroom experience necessary to execute this task. They will #DefendOurDemocracy. pic.twitter.com/nsGtEVh59n
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 15, 2020
“The Managers of the impeachment trial of the President are public servants committed to protecting our Constitution — and have the litigation and courtroom experience necessary to execute this task,” she wrote.
The vote in the House to pass on the articles of impeachment had only one dissenting vote from a Democrat, and no Republicans crossing over to vote in the measure’s favor. One independent lawmaker, Rep. Justin Amash, who was a Republican before leaving the party last year, voted for the articles of impeachment.
Americans are divided on what the Senate should do from here, with some polls showing a small preference in favor of indicting Trump and removing him from the White House.
A Morning Consult/Politico poll conducted from January 10 through the 12 found that 49 percent of Americans want Trump removed from office, while 45 percent believe he should be acquitted of all charges.