Former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is officially getting underway Tuesday, and a local representative is in the national spotlight.
Virgin Islands Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.) is one of nine House Impeachment Managers who will make the case for the Democrats. Plaskett has experience in the courtroom. She previously served as an assistant district attorney in Bronx, New York City.
The U.S. House impeached Trump last month on one article of impeachment, inciting an insurrection. That stems from the deadly January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol. The president’s legal team calls the trial “political theater.”
Plaskett says the managers are prepared and ready to go.
“We have a massive group that is dedicated solely to this,” Plaskett told USVI News in a recent interview. “Members and staff from different committees who have expertise and knowledge that are working on creating the trial.”
The trial is expected to run throughout the rest of this week. On Monday, Trump’s legal team called the trial – the second in just over a year – “political theater.”
A two-thirds majority of the U.S. Senate – 67 senators – is needed to convict Trump. If that happens, a second vote would be taken that could prevent Trump from holding future political office. However, to reach the two-thirds majority, 17 GOP senators would have to side with Democrats, which is unlikely to happen.