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Pelosi names prosecutors for Trump’s impeachment Senate trial

Published:Wednesday | January 15, 2020 | 12:49 PM
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (centre) flanked by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (left) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff speaks during a news conference to announce impeachment managers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, January 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi named House prosecutors for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on Wednesday ahead of votes to send the charges to the Senate, even as new information about the president’s Ukraine efforts intensified pressure for more witnesses.

The seven-member prosecution team will be led by the chairmen of the House impeachment proceedings,  Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee and Jerry Nadler of the Judiciary Committee, two of Pelosi’s top lieutenants for only the third presidential impeachment in the nation’s history.

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

The managers are a diverse group with legal, law enforcement and military courtroom experience, including Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Sylvia Garcia of Texas, Val Demings of Florida, Jason Crow of Colorado and Zoe Lofgren of California.

Ahead of Wednesday’s House vote to approve the team and transmit the articles of impeachment, Schiff released new records from Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, about the Ukraine strategy. including an exchange with another man about surveilling later-fired Ambassador Maria Yovanovitch.

Schiff said the new evidence should bring more pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is reluctant to allow witnesses to testify.

During Pelosi’s press conference, Trump tweeted that impeachment was “another Con Job by the Do Nothing Democrats. All of this work was supposed to be done by the House, not the Senate!”

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. Trump was also charged with obstructing Congress’ ensuing probe.

After Wednesday’s House vote to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial, the managers are to walk the articles across the Capitol to the Senate in a dramatic procession.

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