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Media captionPelosi “proud to present impeachment managers”

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has named the lawmakers who will prosecute the impeachment case against President Donald Trump.

She appeared at a news conference with the seven “managers”, led by Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee.

The House will vote later on Wednesday to send the impeachment charges against Mr Trump to the Senate.

The Senate impeachment trial will be only the third ever of a US president.

While Democrats control the House, Mr Trump’s fellow Republicans control the Senate 53-47, and are all but certain to acquit him.

Mrs Pelosi said on Wednesday morning: “I’m very proud to present the managers who will bring the case, which we have great confidence in, in terms of impeaching the president and his removal.”

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Six other managers were named: Jerrold Nadler, head of the House judiciary committee, Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Zoe Lofgren of California, Jason Crow of Colorado, Val Demings of Florida and Sylvia Garcia of Texas.

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Media captionA beginner’s guide to impeachment and Trump

During the trial, Mr Trump will be defended by White House lawyers, including Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow.

Mr Trump was impeached by the House on 18 December, on accusations of abuse of power and obstruction of congress.

He denies trying to pressure Ukraine to open an investigation into his would-be Democratic White House challenger Joe Biden.

Mr Trump has been touting unsubstantiated corruption claims about Mr Biden and his son, Hunter, who accepted a lucrative board position with a Ukrainian energy firm while his father handled American-Ukraine relations as US vice-president.

Mr Biden is one of a dozen candidates campaigning for the Democratic Party’s White House nomination.

The Senate trial might still be under way in early February when Iowa and New Hampshire hold the first contests to pick the eventual Democratic presidential candidate.

Who are the seven House managers?

Adam Schiff, 59, a Harvard-educated California congressman and chair of the House Intelligence committee who presided over much of the House impeachment inquiry

Jerry Nadler, 72, a New York congressman who chairs the House judiciary committee

Zoe Lofgren, 72, who was a congressional staffer during the Nixon impeachment inquiry and as a congresswoman voted against President Bill Clinton’s impeachment

Hakeem Jeffries, 49, a New York congressman, a corporate lawyer by training and chair of the Democratic caucus who has risen rapidly since arriving in Washington last year

Val Demings, 62, a second-term Florida congresswoman who previously served as the first female police chief of the city of Orlando. She sits on the judiciary and intelligence committees

Jason Crow, 40, a Colorado congressman who wrested a seat from a Republican incumbent in 2018. He is a former Army Ranger and veteran of the Afghan and Iraq wars

Sylvia Garcia, 69, first-term Texas congresswoman who previously served as a judge for the Houston municipal court system

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source: bbc.com

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