WASHINGTON — Delegate Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands has restricted privileges as a member of Congress as a result of she represents a U.S. territory: She can’t forged votes on the House ground.
She couldn’t vote to impeach President Trump, however now shall be ready to make a case in opposition to him in his Senate trial as an impeachment supervisor chosen by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Born in Brooklyn to dad and mom who hailed from the Virgin Islands, Ms. Plaskett graduated from Georgetown University with a level in historical past and diplomacy and from American University’s Washington College of Law. She labored as an assistant district legal professional within the Bronx, as counsel to the House ethics committee, and as a political appointee on the Justice Department beneath President George W. Bush, amongst different positions.
Ms. Plaskett returned to the Virgin Islands, the place she labored within the non-public sector, earlier than being elected in 2014 to symbolize the group of islands that lies southeast of Florida within the Caribbean Sea. During her profession in Congress, Ms. Plaskett has prioritized financial growth within the Caribbean. She can also be a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
In a 2019 letter to Ms. Pelosi wherein Ms. Plaskett requested to be made a House impeachment supervisor within the first trial of Mr. Trump, she cited the load the choice would carry for her constituents, who would not have full voting rights, in addition to her years of expertise working in public service and as a prosecutor.
“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,” Ms. Plaskett stated within the letter, according to BuzzFeed News.
Ms. Plaskett was not chosen the primary time round. But Ms. Pelosi announced on Tuesday night that Ms. Plaskett would assist make the second case in opposition to Mr. Trump.