As Trump Prosecutor, Delegate Gets Her Say on Impeachment – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Stacey Plaskett was unable to cast a vote last month when the House indicted former President Donald Trump. But she can help prosecute him.
The Virgin Islands non-voting delegate is one of the impeachment managers chosen by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to argue the case that Trump instigated a deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol. It is an extraordinary moment that puts Plaskett at the center of the fourth impeachment trial against an American president.
But there will also be a familiar dynamic when Plaskett steps into the Senate Chamber, one she experienced from elementary school through to her legal career: being one of the few black women in the room. After Kamala Harris left the Senate to become Vice President, there are only two black Senators left, both male. Despite the growing variety in the house, the chamber remains predominantly white.
Like most impeachment managers, Plaskett brings considerable legal experience to the case, including stints with the Bronx law firm and as a senior attorney in the Department of Justice. She said that being asked to join the team was an invigorating way to deal with the catastrophic events of January 6, when she and her staff barricaded themselves in their office as the rioters descended on the Capitol.
“My way of dealing with things like this is to work,” Plaskett said, adding that receiving the unexpected call from Pelosi “really gave me an indictment and something to do.”
As impeachment managers, it is up to Plaskett and the rest of the Democrats to break through partisan divisions and convince skeptical Senate Republicans – 45 of whom have already voted to try to dismiss the case – to take the unprecedented move of convicting Trump and getting him out of office to exclude.
To do this, they have to recount the harrowing events of January 6th when hundreds of people, some of whom wore racist and anti-Semitic symbols on their clothing, terrorized the Capitol and forced lawmakers to go into hiding. You intend to link everything to Trump. The man they say is “uniquely responsible” for the insurrection by telling followers to “fight like hell” against the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s election victory.
Trump’s rhetoric, Plaskett said, was “an attempt to destroy what I think is America”.
As a woman of color, Plaskett says she will speak for people during the trial who “were particularly traumatized by what happened on January 6th. You know, as an African American, as a woman, who sees people storming our most sacred place of democracy, wearing anti-Semitic, racist, neo-Nazi, white supremacy logos on their bodies and doing the most hideous and hateful things. ”
The process also gives Plaskett an opportunity to work with Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., The chief impeachment manager who was one of her law professors at the American University’s Washington College of Law. She called him an “incredible man” and said his ability to “be inclusive and tease and encourage people to share” brought her back to that time.
In return, Raskin said Plaskett was “really stunning” as a law student.
“Other students took notes when she spoke, and that was amazing to me,” says Raskin. “She was quick to impress me in class as a potentially brilliant prosecutor, and I encouraged her to go down that path. I couldn’t be more proud of and adore her career, even though she is older than me and constantly teasing me about it. ”
Plaskett was born in the Bronx to parents who moved to the United States from the Virgin Islands. She started at an exclusive boarding school in Connecticut when she was 13, where she said she “had to keep raising my hand and trying to talk to non-minorities about actions and events so they could see through a lens what actually happened , racist or demonstrating their privilege. ”
Pelosi’s impeachment team is diverse – including Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse, who is also black – but Plaskett will be the first manager of an impeachment of the president from any U.S. territory.
Plaskett says that the people of the Virgin Islands – once the home of a young Alexander Hamilton – may live in a small place but don’t consider themselves small people. “We are a direct hit in everything we do,” she said.
“Virgin Islanders are always looking for space to be a part of this America and trying to do better without voting,” she said.
“I will make sure your voice and the voice of people in areas that represent four million Americans – Puerto Rico and other places – are actually heard.”