Pelosi names diverse group to lead the second impeachment of Donald Trump

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By KCBS All News 106.9FM and 740AM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has named nine Impeachment Managers to lead an unprecedented second impeachment of President Donald Trump, likely landing the president on the wrong side of history as the only Oval Office holder to be impeached twice as Democrats control the House.

Of the nine - all lawyers - seven are people of color, women or LGBTQ.

East Bay Congressman and former presidential candidate Eric Swalwell, a former Oakland prosecutor, is among the group.

"(We’re) doing all we can with the limited abilities we have to try and see the president out of office because he does pose a threat to life and out democratic ideals," Swalwell told KCBS Radio’s Dan Mitchinson late Thursday.

While the Senate is not likely to start an impeachment trial until after Trump leaves office next Tuesday afternoon, Swalwell said the hope is "this may deter further dangerous attacks between know and Inauguration Day" and hold the president accountable.

"I think he likes the attention he gets from this band of terrorists," Swalwell said. "They like him, and he likes them. He’s incapable of putting the greater good of the country ahead of himself. That’s why he must be removed. This leopard’s not going to change his spots before January 20."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly telling colleagues he won’t stand in the way of impeachment.

"I was heartened to see Congresswoman Liz Cheney and (Congressmen) Adam Kinzinger and Fred Upton, I think it’s up to five Republicans now who say they support impeachment," Swalwell said. "This is going to be a bipartisan impeachment."

If he’s convicted after he leaves office, Trump won’t be able to hold public office ever again.

It remains to be seen if there's enough Senate support to convict Trump.

Earlier Thursday night, the House approved a resolution urging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and relieve Trump of the presidency. Pence has already said he will resist bipartisan calls to exercise the amendment, instead urging Pelosi and fellow Democrats to "avoid action that would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment."

Five people died as a result of last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol, a siege many blame on the president's ongoing rhetoric about the 2020 election and rally immediately preceding the deadly incident.

The other Impeachment Managers are:
Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland
Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado
Rep. Joe Neguse of Colorado
Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island
Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas
Rep. Ted Lieu of California
Rep. Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania
Rep. Stacey Plaskett of U.S. Virgin Islands

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