D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi once again received unanimous support from Maine’s
two Representatives in Congress on an important maneuver in the effort to
impeach President Donald Trump. This time, Pelosi was pushing through a team of
lawmakers she would send to the U.S. Senate to try the impeachment case on
behalf of the House.
Pelosi and most Democrats, Maine’s Representatives Jared Golden and Chellie
Pingree both voted in favor of Pelosi’s decision to send Rep. Adam Schiff and
Rep. Jerry Nadler, along with five other members of her caucus, to serve as the
“managers” of the impeachment in the U.S. Senate.
drawn the ire of many in Congress. At the center of numerous impeachment
controversies, Schiff has been in the limelight for months.
After Schiff’s wildly inaccurate characterization during a House committee hearing of a call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky, Schiff tried to walk back his speech as a parody, much to the ire of conservatives.
Schiff has faced questions around how his staff was revealed to have worked with a secret whistleblower while Schiff was publicly claiming he had no knowledge of the whistleblower’s identity. More recently, it was revealed that Schiff had subpoenaed phone records from AT&T and Verizon without the knowledge of members of the House Intelligence Committee, which he chairs.
“Rather than working to improve the lives of all Americans, Congressman Jared Golden is playing partisan politics again by voting to let extremists help run the impeachment trial against President Donald J. Trump,” said Republican Dale Crafts, who is vying for the nomination to challenge Golden. “It’s time to send Golden packing and wave good bye!”
Rep. Golden had not issues any public statements on his vote for Schiff, Nadler and others as of the time of publication.
call vote, taken by the House on Wednesday, January 15th, was the
final step in the U.S. House before the two articles of impeachment were
transmitted to the U.S. Senate.
vote in support of Schiff, or in support of impeachment overall, may have been
more expected than with Golden. On the
campaign trail and while in office, Golden has sought to define himself as a
moderate representing a House district Trump won by 10 points in 2016.
from FiveThirtyEight, a website affiliated with ABC News, says that Golden’s anti-Trump
voting record is actually a little bit stronger than Pingree’s.
Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Jerry Nadler, five other representatives round out
Pelosi’s impeachment team sent to the U.S. Senate:
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D – California)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D – New York)
Rep. Val Demings (D – Florida)
Rep. Jason Crow (D – Colorado)
Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D – Texas)
All seven of Pelosi’s picks for impeachment managers are from congressional districts considered “safe” in the 2020 election, minimizing any political risk that Pelosi might endanger Democrat-held House seats in assigning the high profile roles in impeachment.