JORDAN SEKULOW, ACLJ
Today Speaker Nancy Pelosi named the House impeachment managers who will prosecute the case against President Trump in the U.S. Senate.
On today’s Jay Sekulow Live we discussed the House impeachment manager team, which consists of seven members.
Speaker Pelosi said earlier this morning during a press conference:
Today on the Floor we’ll pass a resolution naming the managers, as I mentioned, appropriating the funds for the trial, and transmitting the articles of impeachment of the President of the United States.
Speaker Pelosi named the following Congressmen to represent the House as impeachment managers during the Senate trial: House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), House Democrat Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jefferies (D-NY), House Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Congresswoman Val Demings (D-FL), Congressman Jason Crow, and Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (D-TX). All but Congresswoman Val Demings are attorneys.
In addition to being on the team, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff was also named by Speaker Pelosi to be the lead impeachment manager for the House.
We also discussed House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler’s inflammatory rhetoric against the U.S. Senate during the same press conference. Congressman Nadler said:
If the Senate doesn’t permit the introduction of all of the relevant witnesses, and of all documents that the House wants to introduce, because the House is the prosecutor here, then the Senate is engaging in an unconstitutional and disgusting cover-up.
Congressman Nadler continued:
…the Senate is on trial as well as the President.
On the floor of the House, Chairman Nadler doubled down on his comments from this morning:
Under today’s resolution, the managers also have broad authority to submit to the Senate any additional evidence the House may acquire on its own, and we will do so. The Senate is on trial. We will see whether they conduct a fair trial and allow the witnesses or conduct a cover up.
To be clear, the Senate is NOT on trial here. It is the Senate that has the sole power to try the impeachment and to set the rules governing the trial. Chairman Nadler telling the Senate that they are also on trial could prove to be a mistake.
As ACLJ Director of Government Affairs Thann Bennett pointed out regarding Congressman Nadler’s comments:
This is nothing like winning friends and influencing people. This is the worst possible way to get twenty Republicans to vote along with you to impeach a President.
We’ve talked about this before on the broadcast but the two names that came to mind when I heard the Congressman say that were Senators Doug Jones and Joe Manchin. I think those are the two most likely Senators to break with their Party and actually vote to exonerate the President. There’s so much talk about fifty-one votes, but how do you get to sixty-seven, which is the threshold, if the accusation from the people prosecuting the case are saying it’s you, the jurors who are on trial? Bad mistake.
You can listen to the entire episode with our analysis, including more information about the House impeachment here.
Jordan Sekulow is the Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). He is an attorney and host of Jay Sekulow Live!, a syndicated radio program providing cutting analysis of today’s political and legal landscape with elected officials and conservative leaders, as well as the host of Sekulow the ACLJ’s weekly television broadcast.
Used with the permission of the American Center for Law and Justice.