WASHINGTON – Representative Jamie Raskin began drafting the article on President Trump's impeachment within hours of the mob's violent attack on the Capitol.
"We don't have a minute left," he declared in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. "He is a clear and present danger to the people."
Mr. Raskin, 58, a former professor of constitutional law at American University who also served as a senator from Maryland, won Congressional elections in 2016 after a costly, hard-fought nine-time primaries in his heavily Democratic suburban district of Washington. A graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, he is passionate about the Constitution and American history.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has named him the chief impeachment manager, which means he will be the chief prosecutor in a senate suit against Mr. Trump.
"We need to create a dynamic of action where all our colleagues are forced to confront their consciences with the permission they have given the president to trample on all the principles and values of our constitution," he said in an interview this week. .
In many ways, Mr. Raskin is made for this moment; He has been involved in progressive politics since he was a toddler and learned on the knee from his father, Marcus Raskin, a well-known anti-war activist and liberal intellectual. But since he takes on the momentous role of chief prosecutor, he also faces a Devastating family tragedy: the loss of his son, Tommy, 25, and a Harvard Law student, to suicide on New Year's Eve.
“Even at this darkest moment, he has in no way compromised what he sees as his responsibility as a member of Congress to defend our democracy,” said Representative David Cicilline, Democrat of Rhode Island and one of the best friends of the United States. Mr. Raskin in the Capitol. "None of us who know Jamie well are surprised by it."
Much loved on both sides of the political aisle, Mr. Raskin is a member of Mrs. Pelosi's unofficial "kitchen cabinet" and a member of both the House Judiciary Committee and the House Rules Committee, the powerful 13-member panel that sets the terms. . of debate in the House of Representatives.
In addition to drafting the impeachment article, he also penned the resolution, passed by the House on Tuesday night, calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to deprive Mr. Trump of his powers. He likes to quote Thomas Paine, the figure of the Revolutionary War after whom his son was named: "The times have found us."