House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faced criticism on Tuesday over some of the members of Congress that she selected to be managers in the Democrats’ latest impeachment effort of President Donald Trump.
“Tonight, I have the solemn privilege of naming the Managers of the impeachment trial of Donald Trump,” Pelosi said in a statement. Pelosi announced that the impeachment managers are Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Diana DeGette (D-CO), David Cicilline (D-RI), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Joe Neguse (D-CO) and Virgin Islands delegate Stacey E. Plasket (D).
Critics and commentators online quickly noted that Swalwell and Lieu were controversial picks because of their combativeness toward Trump and because of a recent scandal involving Swalwell.
A report from Axios late last year revealed that Swalwell had previously had close ties to an alleged Chinese spy named Fang Fang, or Christine Fang.
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