The House will vote on a resolution later Wednesday sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate, the last major House act before the trial can begin.
Senators are expected to be sworn in this week but the trial won’t begin in earnest until Tuesday, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Pelosi made clear she hand-picked the Democrats who will present the strongest possible case against Trump — both substantively and procedurally — to the Senate. Leading the team will be Schiff, who was one of the main public faces of impeachment over the last four months.
“The emphasis is on litigators. The emphasis is on comfort level in the courtroom,” Pelosi said, explaining the team she assembled. “The emphasis is on making the strongest case to protect our Constitution.”
Schiff, a former prosecutor turned House Intelligence Committee chairman, has earned the trust from across the caucus as he argued the public case against Trump for his role in the Ukraine scandal in a slate of public hearings this fall.
Every one of the impeachment managers has a background in practicing law or law enforcement. All but one — Crow — served on the committees leading the investigations into Trump, hearing dozens of hours of closed-door depositions that ultimately resulted in the president’s impeachment in December.
The group could hardly look more different from the 13 white men who prosecuted former President Bill Clinton in 1999. Pelosi’s team includes three women and four men, as well as two members of the Congressional Black Caucus and a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Pelosi made a concerted effort to tap Democrats who don’t come from the traditional liberal power centers: Crow is from Colorado. Garcia is from Texas and Demings is from Florida. Still, more than half of the group hails from New York or California.
Top House Democrats will formally march the articles of impeachment over to the Senate later Wednesday afternoon. It’s an arcane tradition that has been held up since the impeachment vote on Dec. 18 as Pelosi sought to extract concessions from Senate Republicans on the particulars of the trial.