SHAHEEN SELECTED FOR BIPARTISAN IMPEACHMENT COMMITTEE FOR JUDGE SAMUEL KENTJune 24, 2009
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today announced that he has selected U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen to serve on a bipartisan committee to gather and present evidence in the impeachment trial process for Judge Samuel Kent of Texas. The committee will present evidence to the full Senate prior to an impeachment trial, which will be held in the coming weeks. This morning the Senate received the Articles of Impeachment from the House of Representatives, which voted to impeach the judge last week.
"The charges against Judge Kent are very disturbing, and the constitutional duty of the Senate to hold impeachment trials is very serious," said Shaheen. "I look forward to serving on this bipartisan committee and am hopeful we'll be able to present a full record to our colleagues as soon as possible."
After the bipartisan impeachment committee has concluded its work, it will produce a record of its proceedings and a neutral summary of the evidence for the full Senate to review. The Senate will then hold a trial, following which a vote will be held requiring two-thirds of the Senators present to convict the judge on an article of impeachment. If the judge is convicted on any of the four articles of impeachment, he will automatically be removed from office.
The members of the committee are as follows:
Senator Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, Chair
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, of Rhode Island
Senator Ted Kaufman, of Delaware
Senator Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota
Senator Jeanne Shaheen, of New Hampshire
Senator Tom Udall, of New Mexico
Senator Mel Martinez, of Florida, Vice Chair
Senator Jim DeMint, of South Carolina
Senator John Barrasso, of Wyoming
Senator Roger Wicker, of Mississippi
Senator Mike Johanns, of Nebraska
Senator James E. Risch, of Idaho
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