Washington DC.— The president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announced on Wednesday to the seven Democratic legislators, including a Hispanic, who will serve as prosecutors in the historic political trial against the president, Donald Trump, in the Senate, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
At a press conference at the Capitol, Pelosi revealed that process administrators once they pass the Senate this week will be Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Hakeen Jeffries, Val Demmings, Jason Crow and Sylvia Garcia.
"On December 18, the House of Representatives passed the political trial against Trump, a political trial that will last forever," said Pelosi, a Democratic legislator for California.
Pelosi made this announcement just a few hours before the House of Representatives began voting on a resolution that appoints prosecutors, approves sending formal charges against Trump in the Senate, and authorizes funds for the trial.
After the vote, legislators will walk to the Senate for the delivery of the charges, in a protocol process scheduled for five in the afternoon (East Coast time). The Senate plans to start the political trial on January 21.
The Constitution establishes the process for the political trial against a president, known in English as impeachment . In that process, the House of Representatives approves the charges and designates the legislators who serve as prosecutors in the political trial in the Senate, who must vote to dismiss or acquit the president.
The head of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, will preside over the political trial and must swear in all 100 senators as jurors next week.
The charges against Trump are linked to his pressure campaign for Ukraine to investigate its political rivals, and its alleged efforts to cover it up by refusing to hand over documents and allowing the testimony of a dozen members of its Administration.
The investigation revolved around a call Trump made on July 25 to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in which he asked to announce an investigation against the former vice president, Joe Biden, his possible rival in the November contest.
He also wanted Zelenskiy to investigate the alleged interference of Ukraine in the 2016 presidential elections, although the US intelligence services made it clear that it was Russia who intervened to facilitate Trump's victory against his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
Pelosi said today that there is no doubt that Trump has been involved in efforts to cover up this pressure campaign, in light of new documents that have been dropping since last December 18.
Trump has insisted that he did not commit any illegal act, and refused to collaborate with the Democratic investigation arguing that it is a "farce" with political motivations.
His Republican allies in the Senate, led by Senator Mitch McConnell, have hinted that they will expedite the political trial and acquit Trump, which generated discord with the Democratic opposition, which demands a "fair" process and the inclusion of witnesses.
The vote in the lower house will take place one day after the Democrats released more documents related to Ukraine and have put the White House on the defensive.
Pelosi said from his Twitter account that "there cannot be a full and fair trial in the Senate if leader McConnell prevents the Senate from hearing witness testimony and obtaining documents that President Trump is covering up."
According to Pelosi, each new finding shows that Trump is "at the center of the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate its political rivals."