“An impeachment dream team.” That’s the language some pundits and lawmakers are using to describe the seven House members named to serve as impeachment managers in the trial of President Donald J. Trump.
Running point will be House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff with House Judiciary sharpshooter Jerry Nadler rounding out the backcourt.
Hakeem Jeffries and Zoe Lofgren will highlight a formidable frontcourt, while Jason Crow, Val Demings and Sylvia Garcia will all see a lot of playing time. Lofgren comes in with the most experience as this will mark her third impeachment go-around.
“This will be an impeachment for the ages,” boasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she made the announcement. “A stain on the president’s legacy for all eternity!”
Somewhere, in the midst of his revelry, Bill Clinton winced as Pelosi drove home the historical permanence that bearing the mark of impeachment has on a presidency.
Analysts were quick to weigh in on the announcement. “The president’s team will have it’s hand’s full. I look down this roster and I see all kinds of match-up problems for Team Trump,” offered Jeffrey Toobin, appearing on CNN. “Who can guard Nadler? When Jerry Nadler gets out in open space, improvising and creating, who’s gonna stop him?”
Indeed, that will be the challenge Team Trump faces when it takes the court next week. Although no official announcement has been made, The White House is expected to name Pat Cipollone, Jay Sekulow, Michael Purpura and Patrick Philbin along with others.
“I just don’t see how the president’s team gets it done,” continued Toobin. “I mean, if you double-team Jeffries, then Zoe Lofgren is going to eat you alive.”