Longtime Trump-hunters were joined by far less familiar faces, including a former police chief, a former judge, and a former Army Ranger, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named impeachment managers.
The House managers appointed Wednesday will act as prosecutors, making the case to remove President Donald Trump from office during the Senate impeachment trial expected to begin next week.
In a near party-line vote, the Democrat-controlled House on Dec. 19 impeached Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Democrats contend that Trump—during a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy—solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election by talking about the role of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden as a highly paid board member of the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma.
Chief Justice John Roberts, as provided by the Constitution, will preside over the Senate trial.
Here’s what to know about the seven impeachment managers.
1. Rep. Adam Schiff
Schiff, D-Calif., is a former federal prosecutor in California. This marks the third time he has been a manager in a Senate impeachment trial. In 2009 and 2010, he helped lead two bipartisan cases against federal judges.
Schiff, 59, pushed the “Russia collusion” narrative in the House, first as the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and then as the chairman after Democrats won the House majority in the 2018 elections.
Schiff first was elected in 2000, interestingly by running against the incumbent Republican, Rep. James Rogan, over his role as an impeachment manager in the 1998 Senate trial of President Bill Clinton.
Schiff came under scrutiny during his committee’s first hearing focused on Trump’s July 25 call to Zelenskyy, when he mischaracterized what the president said as captured by an official White House transcript.