The seven legislators who will act as the prosecution team presenting the House Democrats’ case in the Senate trial make up a diverse group with a common link: strong legal backgrounds.
“The emphasis is on litigators. The emphasis is on comfort level in the courtroom,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of the team that is a mix of some familiar faces from the House inquiry and some lesser-known members.
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The Senate is expected to approve an organizing resolution on Tuesday that specifies how many hours the managers will have to present their case as well as how much time the president’s defense team will have to make its arguments.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.,is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He was tapped by Pelosi to be the point person on the impeachment inquiry in September immediately after she announced her decision to move forward with the probe.
Schiff conducted both closed-door depositions with administration witnesses and open hearings and is a close ally of the speaker’s. He crafted the report on his panel’s investigation that followed a whistleblower’s complaint that the president conditioned military aid to Ukraine on a public commitment from the government that it would probe former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.