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Plaskett becomes first delegate to serve as an impeachment manager

Stacey Plaskett, in her fourth term representing the U.S. Virgin Islands, became the first delegate in U.S. history to serve as an impeachment manager as she presented evidence against President Donald Trump Wednesday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Stacey Plaskett, in her fourth term representing the U.S. Virgin Islands, became the first delegate in U.S. history to serve as an impeachment manager as she presented evidence against President Donald Trump Wednesday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett became the first delegate in U.S. history to serve on a team of impeachment managers as she presented evidence in the trial of former President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

Plaskett, a Democrat in her fourth term representing the U.S. Virgin Islands' at-large congressional district, was not able to vote on Trump's impeachment but took center stage in the trial during which she shared her personal story.

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"I've learned throughout my life that preparation and truth can carry you far. Can allow you to speak truth to power," she said. "I've learned that as a young Black girl growing up in the projects in Brooklyn, housing community on St. Croix, sent to the most unlikeliest of settings and now as an adult woman representing an island territory speaking to the U.S. Senate."

Plaskett, 54, was born in Brooklyn on May 13, 1966, to parents who immigrated to New York from the Virgin Islands and was selected to serve as an impeachment manager on Trump's second impeachment trial on Jan. 12.

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She graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in history and diplomacy in 1988 and from American University's Washington College of Law in 1994 where she was a student of lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.

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"She was an A student then and an A-plus student now," Raskin said as he introduced Plaskett during the trial Wednesday.

After graduating, Plaskett worked as an assistant district attorney in the Bronx, counsel to the House ethics committee and a political appointee in the Justice Department under President Geroge W. Bush until 2004.

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She then moved to the Virgin Islands where she worked with the economic development authority before being elected to represent the territory in 2014 following a failed bid to do so two years earlier.

In the 117th Congress, Plaskett became the first member from a U.S. territory and the fourth Black woman to serve on the House committee on ways and means, while also serving on the committee on agriculture and the House committee on budget.

Throughout her time in Congress, Plaskett has served on the House transportation and infrastructure committee, the committee on oversight and reform, and as chair of the subcommittee on biotechnology, horticulture and research. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, House Blockchain Caucus and the New Democrat Coalition.

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