House Sends Impeachment Articles to the Senate

NATIONWIDE — The U.S. House formally sent the articles of impeachment to the Senate Wednesday, in a vote that also named seven impeachment managers.

The vote was 228 to 193. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the managers who will present the findings in the upcoming trial in the Senate in a news conference earlier Wednesday. They are: 

  1. House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler
  2. House Intel Chair Adam Schmidt
  3. Rep. Jason Crow
  4. Rep. Val Demings
  5. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
  6. Rep. Zoe Lofgren
  7. Rep. Sylvia Garcia

The impeachment rules available on the Senate.gov describe the impeachment managers as a prosecutor in this political trial. They outline the case against the president.

These members will have a chance to argue their case before the full Senate and after that, the president’s lawyers will have an opportunity to present the defense.

Serving as an impeachment manager will offer a high-profile turn in the spotlight for the lawmakers who have been chosen and really could present a chance to elevate their standing in Congress.

One of the first duties of the House impeachment managers will come later Wednesday as they walk in a procession from the House to the Senate, where they will present the articles of impeachment to the Secretary of the Senate.

 Later this week Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will be sworn in as the presiding officer of the trial and the senators will be sworn in as jurors.

The performance of these managers will shape how the trial plays out.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to say, “All of this work was supposed to bne done by the House, not the Senate!”

One of those managers is very well known in Orlando.

“Congresswoman Val Demings of Florida. Val Demings is a member of both the permanent select committee on intelligence and the House Judiciary Committee. Ms. Demings is serving her second term in Congress. Before Congress, Ms. Demings served the Orlando Police Department for 27 years as part of that time as the first woman police chief in Orlando,” Pelosi said.

On top of the articles that deal with abuse of power and obstruction of congress, a trove of new evidence unveiled on Tuesday by House leadership is also headed to the Senate.

The latest documents appear to show coordinated work between Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and his associate Lev Parnas while Trump knew it was going on.

The documents show Parnas communicating with Giuliani and another attorney about the removal of Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. Parnas received messages from a man named Robert F. Hyde who appeared to be describing detailed surveillance of Yovanovitch while she was in Ukraine.

Parnas was in frequent communication with Giuliani and with Ukrainian officials as he worked as an intermediary, the messages show. Parnas appeared to be pushing unsubstantiated allegations that Democrat Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, were somehow engaged in corruption in Ukraine.

Among the documents is a screenshot of a previously undisclosed letter from Giuliani to Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelenskiy dated May 10, 2019, which was before Zelenskiy took office. In the letter, Giuliani announces himself as Trump’s personal lawyer and requests a meeting with Zelenskiy ‘as personal counsel to President Trump and with his knowledge and consent.’

Also among the documents is a handwritten note on stationery from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Vienna that says ‘get Zalensky to Annonce that the Biden case will be Investigated.’ Trump asked Zelenskiy in a July call to investigate his political rival, Democrat Joe Biden, and his son Hunter. Hunter Biden served on the board of a gas company based in Ukraine.

In a letter outlining the evidence, Democrats said that Parnas’ attorney confirmed that Parnas wrote the notes.

The documents — including phone records, texts and flash drives turned over by Parnas — were sent to the House Judiciary Committee by three other House committees ‘to be included as part of the official record that will be transmitted to the Senate along with the Articles of Impeachment,’ according to a statement. Some of the materials were made public while others were marked as sensitive.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not believe this new evidence should be looked into as the House should have taken care of it.

“House Democrats’ case cannot simultaneously be so robust that it was enough to impeach in the first place but also so weak that the Senate needs to go fishing,” the Republican leader said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.