As the House of Representatives attempts to remove President Donald Trump from office after last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol, the president criticized the impeachment effort, calling it “ridiculous.”
Trump, who visited the Texas-Mexico border today, defended today the remarks he made to his supporters at a rally before the Jan. 6 riot.
“People thought what I said was totally appropriate,” Trump said.
Meanwhile, the House is expected to vote tonight on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove Trump. The House is also preparing for a possible vote tomorrow on whether to impeach Trump for a second time.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named nine members of her Democratic caucus to serve as impeachment managers who will be tasked with arguing the case against President Trump in a Senate trial.
The House is set to vote on one article of impeachment Wednesday, charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection.” The impeachment article is set to not only pass with overwhelming Democratic support but will also be supported by at least a handful of Republicans. If passed, Trump will become the first president in history to be impeached twice.
After the House passes the impeachment article, the nine managers — led by Rep. Jamie Raskin, a former constitutional law professor and attorney — will be tasked with arguing the case against Trump before the Senate. It’s unclear when impeachment will be sent to the Senate as the chamber is currently on a break until Jan. 19 — one day before Joe Biden is sworn in as president.
The group also includes members of the caucus who played leading roles in Trump’s first impeachment in 2019.
- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., will serve as lead manager. Raskin recently lost his son to suicide and was one of the key lawmakers tasked with offering rebuttals as House Republicans objected to counting the Electoral College results from several key swing states. He served as a constitutional law professor for more than 25 years.
- Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., is a former civil rights attorney who serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee.
- Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., a fierce spoken member of multiple prominent committees that have probed Trump throughout his presidency, will also serve on the group. Before serving in Congress, Cicilline also served as a public defender. He is also one of a handful of lawmakers currently serving in Congress who are openly gay.
- Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, another former attorney, will also serve as an impeachment manager. He serves on the House Intelligence Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee and was well-versed in the details of Trump’s first impeachment.
- Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., is a fellow sharp-spoken member of the House Intelligence Committee and House Judiciary Committee who also served as a prosecutor. His appointment is sure to cause a stir as Republicans have been hammering on Democratic leadership to revoke Swalwell’s membership on the committees after a news story noted his 2014 campaign was infiltrated by a suspected Chinese spy.
- Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., similarly serves on the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees. He is a former active-duty Air Force officer who also served as a prosecutor.
- Rep. Stacey Plaskett, a Democrat and delegate for the Virgin Islands, is a former assistant district attorney in the Bronx who serves on the House Ways and Means Committee.
- Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., will add another lawyer to the roster. Neguse is a member of the Judiciary and Natural Resources committees who is serving his second term. He previously worked as a litigator in private practice before coming to Washington.
- Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Penn., is also a former lawyer who serves on the Judiciary Committee, which helped lead impeachment proceedings in 2019 against Trump.
— Christal Hayes
Vice President Mike Pence informed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter late Tuesday that he will not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.