Trump names U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe to advisory and advocacy role during impeachment trial - 2020-01-21

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F0.png Trump names U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe to advisory and advocacy role during impeachment trial January 21, 2020, Abby Livingston, Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump formally designated U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Heath Republican, on Monday as one of several U.S. House members to serve on his "impeachment team."

The group will not be on par with the president's appointed legal defense team, but instead serve in advisory and television advocacy roles, per NBC News. CNN reported that these designees will likely not speak on the Senate floor.

That the president would elevate Ratcliffe to this post is unsurprising. A former prosecutor, Ratcliffe is one of the Trump's fiercest defenders in the U.S. House, particularly amid impeachment hearings in the lower chamber. As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, colleagues often deferred their time to Ratcliffe.

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{{cite news | first = Abby | last = Livingston | title = Trump names U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe to advisory and advocacy role during impeachment trial | url = https://www.texastribune.org/2020/01/20/president-donald-trump-texas-rep-john-ratcliffe-impeachment-advisor/ | work = Texas Tribune | date = January 21, 2020 | accessdate = May 23, 2020 }}