House impeachment managers are just starting to lay out their strategy for the case they plan to bring against President Trump in the Senate and are wary about stepping on Joe Biden’s first days of his presidency.
Several managers said that decisions have not been made over whether to seek witnesses and attempt to subpoena documents for the trial; doing so could prolong the trial.
With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicating he’s in no rush to bring the Senate back early into session, House managers have more time to begin their strategy sessions, which will be led by Rep. Jamie Raskin.
Raskin told CNN that they are still assessing whether to seek witnesses.
Meanwhile,Brad Raffensperger, Georgia secretary of state, given that the article of impeachment references Trump’s pressure campaign against the official to “find” the votes necessary to overturn Biden’s win in the state.
Asked if Raffensperger would be called as a witness, Rep. Madeleine Dean, the impeachment manager, said she didn’t “want to preview” the case and they were only just beginning organizational meetings.
Democrats, though, seem to be wary about starting the trial on the same day Biden is sworn into office.
“Certainly not,” she said when asked if it would be a good idea to start on Jan. 20. “The president and vice president deserve [their day].. We have to restore a peaceful transfer of power which Donald Trump deliberately incited people against.”