“This is a moment of special pride for me,” said the Maryland Democratic Congressman, noting that Plaskett “is the first delegate to ever serve on a team of impeachment managers in American history.” Plaskett, who was in the spotlight during the impeachment trial as one of the property managers, in which the case against the former president is set out, is in her fourth term and, according to its House website, represents the entire Congressional District of the US Virgin Islands. Plaskett is a delegate because she represents a U.S. territory rather than a state, so she won’t be able to cast votes on the floor of the house. That said, she couldn’t vote to indict Trump when the whole House took that move in January. But Plaskett is now acting as prosecutor against the former president during the Senate trial, where the House impeachment executives have argued that Trump instigated a riot in the Capitol and is calling on the Senate to convict.
She is one of nine impeachment managers – all House Democrats – who have been tasked with bringing the case to the House of Senators who will serve as jurors during the trial.
Plaskett already has experience as a prosecutor. Prior to her election to Congress, she served as assistant district attorney for the Bronx District Attorney and as a senior attorney with the US Department of Justice. She was also General Counsel to the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority.
She spoke a little about her personal and professional career on Wednesday before bringing up her arguments in the process.
“I’ve learned all my life that preparation and truth can get you far and enable you to tell the truth to power. I learned that as a young black girl I grew up on the projects in Brooklyn, a shared apartment in St. Croix sent to the most unlikely of surroundings and now representing an island area as a grown woman and speaking to the US Senate, “Plaskett said.
Plaskett isn’t the only delegate in the house. DC Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is perhaps the best known. According to the House of Representatives website, “There are currently five delegates representing the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. A resident commissioner represents Puerto Rico. The delegates and resident commissioners have equal powers like other members of the House, except that they are not allowed to vote when the House meets as a House of Representatives. “
The delegates have been members of the House of Representatives for centuries. A Congressional Research Service report states that “Delegates representing areas that had not yet achieved statehood have served in the House since the late 18th century. In the 20th century, the concept of the delegate became a concept of territorial representation expanding where the United States lives exercises some control, but it was not expected to become states. “
In addition to her role as a delegate on the impeachment team, Plaskett is a former student of Raskin who was a professor of constitutional law prior to her election to Congress.
Raskin said when introducing Plaskett on Wednesday that she was “also my law student at the American University’s Washington College of Law.”
He added, “I hope I am not violating federal educational records by saying she was an A-student then and now an A + student.”
CNN’s Maureen Chowdhury and Janie Boschma contributed to this report.