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Plaskett on House Manager Role 𑁋 “I’m Able to Go Up Against Whomever”

Earlier this month, Rep. Stacey Plaskett wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be considered for a role as a House Manager in the upcoming Senate trial. Buzzfeed News reported about the letter on Tuesday with Plaskett adding that “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.”

State of the Territory News obtained a copy of the letter penned by Plaskett and her aides that laid out her credentials and experience as a prosecutor for the House Speaker. At Michael Cohen’s hearing in February, Plaskett received favorable reviews for her remarks and delivered a sharp line of questioning.

A source not authorized to discuss the letter’s contents publicly added that Plaskett is one of the “smartest people in Congress representing” the American people and that Virgin Islanders would be proud to have her represent them on Capitol Hill.

Cohen’s testimony ultimately discredited claims made by President Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Guiliani. Plaskett’s line of questioning focused on payments Cohen made to adult film star Stormy Daniels at Trump’s direction. Plaskett says her appointment on the House Oversight and Reform Committee came mainly because of her experience as a prosecutor in New York and as counsel for the Department of Justice.

Plaskett started her career as Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx DA’s office and served as a political appointee at the Department of Justice under both Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson and his successor James Comey. As part of her job, she prepared and led presentations and briefings for international delegations and foreign government groups to include anti-corruption, compliance, and rule of law. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not obligated to send articles of impeachment over to the Senate and has indicated this week that she will not do so until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shares details about what the trial will look like.

Pelosi is also holding off appointing House Managers, also recognized as House members serving as prosecutors. You can read both articles of impeachment here. McConnell later told BuzzFeed News, “If the Speaker wants to hold on to them, that’s fine with us.”

Plaskett serves as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and a potential role as a House Manager would inevitably catapult her onto the national stage. The Congresswoman’s most notable headline in 2019 came when cameras caught her rolling her eyes in frustration as Republican Rep. Jim Jordan gave remarks at Micheal Cohen’s hearing. Plaskett mouthed ‘be quiet’ as Jordan continued to speak, made a splash in TMZ, and gained over 40,000 followers on Twitter after media outlet began reporting about her eye roll.

The media blitz made her the most followed elected official in the U.S Virgin Islands, second only to Governor Albert Bryan Jr. Historically — as social media grew in popularity — the Virgin Islands Governor automatically became the most followed elected official upon taking office. Plaskett has nearly 50,000 Twitter followers today, nearly eclipsing all other local officials.

“Please know that I understand the importance of being a House Manager,” Plaskett wrote. “I do not take the appointment or position lightly as how history will judge us before and after the proceedings are done.”

One Twitter user said Plaskett sounded very much like a district attorney representing the Bronx after she reportedly said, “I feel like I’m able to go up against whomever.” Plaskett retweeted the statement as news of her letter emerged.

Featured image was taken at a Congressional Field Hearing that convened in the St. Thomas Legislative Buiding in March of 2018.