House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday named nine managers who will lead President Trump’s second impeachment — including Rep. Eric Swalwell, who faced recent controversy for his relationship with a Chinese spy.
The House on Wednesday will begin impeachment proceedings against Trump for allegedly inciting last week’s Capitol riot. The impeachment is expected to pass with overwhelming Democratic support and at least three Republican votes.
Impeachment managers are in charge of presenting the charges, giving them significant public attention and associating their own credibility with the case. They are particularly prominent during Senate trials.
Pelosi’s selection of Swalwell (D-Calif.) is a bold affirmation of the embattled House intelligence committee member, who has refused to say if he was romantically involved with Chinese spy Fang Fang. The FBI warned him about Fang in 2015 during his first year on the House intelligence committee.
Swalwell’s father and brother remained active Facebook friends with the suspected spy until last month when her operation was publicly reported.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) will serve as the lead impeachment manager. The former American University law professor is known for his even keel and will assume the role held by the more divisive Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during Trump’s first impeachment.
Raskin’s son Tommy, 25, died by suicide on Dec. 31 and he has received frequent bipartisan expressions of sympathy in recent hearings.
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SOURCE: New York Times, Steven Nelsen