WASHINGTON – Delegate Stacey Plaskett from the Virgin Islands has limited privileges as a member of Congress because she represents U.S. territory: she cannot vote in the House.
She was unable to vote to impeach President Trump, but will now be able to file a complaint against him during his Senate trial as the impeachment official chosen by President Nancy Pelosi.
Wednesday on Twitter, she accused Mr. Trump of “conduct which presumably resulted in the imminent lawless actions of his supporters” when he incited a mob that attacked the Capitol last week.
Born in Brooklyn to parents from the Virgin Islands, Ms. Plaskett graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in History and Diplomacy and the Washington College of Law at the American University. She has worked as an assistant district attorney in the Bronx, as an attorney for the House Ethics Committee, and as a political appointee in the Department of Justice under President George W. Bush, among others.
Ms. Plaskett returned to the Virgin Islands, where she worked in the private sector, before being elected in 2014 to represent the group of islands that lie south-east of Florida in the Caribbean Sea. During her congressional career, Ms. Plaskett has prioritized economic development in the Caribbean. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
In a 2019 letter to Ms Pelosi in which Ms Plaskett asked to be made responsible for impeaching the House in Mr Trump’s first trial, she cited the weight the decision would have on her constituents, who no he does not have full voting rights, as does his years of experience working in the public service and as a prosecutor.
“The party says black women are the base and our mainstay, and there are five black women in the House who are lawyers and only two of us are former prosecutors,” Plaskett said in the statement. letter, according to BuzzFeed News.
Ms. Plaskett was not chosen the first time. But Ms Pelosi announced Tuesday night that Ms Plaskett would help present the second case against Mr Trump.