U.S. House votes to send impeachment articles to the Senate

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a homecoming campaign rally on November 26, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a resolution that sends impeachment articles to the Senate and names seven impeachment managers to serve as prosecutors in the upcoming Senate trial against President Donald Trump. 

The roster includes House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), who have led the House impeachment investigations. Another manager, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), was on the Judiciary Committee during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and she was a committee aide during the Nixon impeachment proceedings in the 1970s.

Florida’s Val Demings, a former Orlando police chief, also was chosen, as well as Reps. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, a former litigator; House freshman and former U.S. Army ranger, Jason Crow of Colorado; and Sylvia Garcia of Texas, another freshman and former presiding judge of the Houston Municipal System.

Florida’s lawmakers in the U.S. Housed voted on party lines.

Florida Democrats voting for the resolution: Reps. Al Lawson, Stephanie Murphy, Darren Soto, Val Demings, Charlie Crist, Kathy Castor, Alcee Hastings, Lois Frankel, Ted Deutch, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Wilson Federica, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Donna E. Shalala.

Republicans voting against the resolution: Reps. Matt Gaetz, Neal Dunn, Ted Yoho, John Rutherford, Michael Waltz, Bill Posey, Dan Webster, Gus Bilirakis, Ross Spano, Vern Buchanan, Gregory Steube, Brian Mast, Francis Rooney, Mario Diaz-Balart.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi selected fewer House managers than there were during the Clinton impeachment proceedings; there were 13 Republican managers during Clinton’s Senate trial. 

The Senate trial against Trump is expected to get underway as early as next Tuesday. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) slammed House Democrats Wednesday as the chamber prepared to send the impeachment articles to the upper chamber. 

“Speaker Pelosi and the House have taken our nation down a dangerous road,” McConnell said. “If the Senate blesses this unprecedented and dangerous House process by agreeing that an incomplete case and subjective basis are enough to impeach a president, we will almost guarantee the impeachment of every future president.”