House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff will likely be top names on the prosecution team in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, according to a lawmaker on the House Democratic leadership team.
“Talented group, obviously with Adam Schiff and Nadler -- one would expect them,” Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan said Monday on CNN Monday as he talked about who Pelosi might choose as House managers to prosecute the case in the Senate impeachment trial.
Another House official familiar with Pelosi’s thinking confirms that Nadler and Schiff are both likely to be appointed.
Kildee said he didn’t know yet who else will fill out the House managers’ roster. The complete list is expected to be approved in a House floor vote, as part of the process of transmitting the two articles of impeachment to the Senate.
A number of lawmakers on the Judiciary and Intelligence committees, as well as other House Democrats, have lobbied to be named to the managers’ team.
Republicans chose 13 managers from the Judiciary Committee for the 1999 Senate trial in the impeachment case against former President Bill Clinton. The official familiar with Pelosi’s thinking said the speaker isn’t expected to choose that many managers.
Kildee said the House has a “deep bench” of others to choose from. Three other names that Kildee speculated could be on the team are all lawyers on the Judiciary Committee, though that is not a requirement.
They were House Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries of New York; Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, a constitutional law expert; and Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California, who was a Judiciary Committee member during the Clinton impeachment.
Once the managers are named, they will have to get to work quickly on strategy. Former Rep. Bill McCollum of Florida, who was a Republican House manager in the case against Clinton, said that group swiftly decided who would present various aspects of the case on the Senate floor, pursue legal research, and prepare for potential testimony.
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