House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday named nine Democrats as managers of the impeachment process against U.S. President Donald Trump for his role in instigating last week’s riots at the Capitol.
“It is their constitutional and patriotic duty to present a case for the impeachment and removal of the president. They will do so guided by their great love of country, their determination to protect our democracy, and their loyalty to our oath of office to the Constitution,” Pelosi said in a statement.
Democrats intend to vote in the House to impeach Trump for “sedition.”
The so-called impeachment managers will argue the House case during the Senate trial.
The group will be led by Democrat Jamie Raskin, a former constitutional law professor. Other members of the panel include David Cicilline, Diane Diggett, Joaquin Castro, Eric Swalwell, Ted Lew, Stacy Plaskett, Joe Negus and Madeleine Dean.
Meanwhile, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, who were the 2019-2020 impeachment managers, were not on the panel.
The House is set to vote Wednesday on an impeachment clause that says Trump instigated an attack on the Capitol by calling on a crowd of his supporters to try to prevent Congress from approving Joe Biden’s U.S. election victory.
The House of Representatives is also expected to pass a resolution Tuesday night calling for the application of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.
The 25th Amendment allows the process of removing a head of state to begin if the vice president and a majority of senior administration officials conclude that the president is incapable of performing his functions. In such a case, the vice president takes the president’s place. The amendment details the mechanism for how this can be accomplished.
Pence and the Cabinet will have 24 hours to decide. It is expected that the vice president will not support this initiative and then the House of Representatives will hold a vote to impeach President Trump. It could take place Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, Pence reportedly said in a letter to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he would not use the 25th Amendment to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump.
“I do not believe this course of action is in the best interest of our nation or consistent with our Constitution,” Pence wrote Pelosi.
“Last week, I defied pressure beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election, and now I will not yield to House efforts to play political games at such a serious time in our nation’s life,” he added.
In his view, invoking the 25th Amendment “would thus set a terrible precedent.”
He urged Pelosi and all members of Congress to “lower the temperature and unify our country as we prepare for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.”
In addition, the vice president promised to work diligently “to ensure an orderly transition of power.”