She is one of nine impeachment managers — all House Democrats — who have been tasked with presenting the House’s case to senators, who are acting as jurors during the trial.
Plaskett has prior prosecutorial experience. Before her election to Congress, she served as assistant district attorney for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and as senior counsel at the US Department of Justice. She was also general counsel for the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority.
She spoke a bit about her personal and professional trajectory Wednesday before launching into her arguments at the trial.
“I’ve learned throughout my life that preparation and truth can carry you far, can allow you to speak truth to power. I’ve learned that as a young Black girl growing up in the projects in Brooklyn, a 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 US Senate,” Plaskett said.
Delegates have been members of the House of Representatives for centuries. A report from the Congressional Research Service notes that “delegates, representing territories that had not yet achieved statehood, have served in the House since the late 1700s. In the 20th century, the concept of delegate grew to include representation of territories where the United States exercises some degree of control but were not expected to become states.”
In addition to her history-making role as a delegate on the impeachment team, Plaskett is a former student of Raskin’s, who was a constitutional law professor before being elected to Congress.
Raskin said on Wednesday as he introduced Plaskett that she was “also my law student at American University’s Washington College of Law.”
He added, “I hope I’m not violating any federal educational records, laws, when I say she was an A student then and she’s an A+ student now.”
CNN’s Maureen Chowdhury and Janie Boschma contributed to this report.