US Virgin Islands delegate vies for impeachment manager position

US Virgin Islands delegate vies for impeachment manager position
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Del. Stacey PlaskettStacey PlaskettDemocratic rivals sharpen attacks as Bloomberg rises The Hill's Campaign Report: Rising Klobuchar, Buttigieg face test in diverse states Bloomberg builds momentum on Capitol Hill with new endorsements MORE (D-Virgin Islands) is vying for a House manager position in President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE’s impeachment trial in the Senate.

Plaskett sent a letter to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOcasio-Cortez: Trump would 'never' say to her face some of the shots he takes at her on Twitter Oversight Committee room to be dedicated to late Rep. Elijah Cummings Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response MORE (D-Calif.) earlier this month requesting a spot on the House’s team for the trial, according to BuzzFeed News, which obtained the document. She said she seeks to represent black women and U.S. citizens who don’t have full voting rights.

“Appointing me one of the House Managers will indeed let the residents of the Territories and the District of Columbia know that they do indeed have a voice in the process,” she said, according to BuzzFeed News.

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Virgin Island residents cannot vote for the president in the general election unless they become residents of one of the 50 U.S. states, and Plaskett is a nonvoting member of the House.

“The party says that black women are the base and our primary support, and there are five black women in the House who are attorneys and only two of us are former prosecutors,” Plaskett said.

Plaskett said she spoke to the other former prosecutor, Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeGabbard calls on DNC chairman to step down after Iowa 'debacle' DNC chairman says he's 'absolutely not' considering resigning Key House Democrat says Perez must go: 'He doesn't lead on anything' MORE (D-Ohio), who indicated she would support Plaskett in the role. 

In her letter, Plaskett reportedly highlighted her history as a prosecutor combating tobacco companies in the Department of Justice under a Republican administration. She also said her “long history of public service” as an assistant district attorney in New York and her anti-corruption prosecutions would be a “great asset” for the House team, BuzzFeed News reported. 

The Hill reached out to Plaskett and Pelosi for comment. 

The House is expected to impeach Trump on Wednesday, pushing the president to face a trial in the Senate. Pelosi will select which House representatives will argue the Democratic case in front of the GOP-controlled Senate.

The Senate is predicted to acquit the president of abuse of power and obstructing Congress.