Matt Gaetz Hires Legislative Counsel From Democratic Impeachment Manager

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Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz hired away a staffer from Texas Democratic Rep. Sylvia Garcia, who served as a Democratic impeachment manager.

Isabela Belchior, who served as a staffer for Garcia throughout the impeachment hearings, accepted the position for Gaetz shortly after the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump, Politico first reported. Garcia was one of the few House Democrats who had the chance to argue their case for impeachment on the Senate floor.

“We are happy to welcome Isabela Belchior to our team. Our office believes in second chances,” Gaetz’s office told the Daily Caller in a statement when asked about the new hire. Gaetz’s office confirmed that she accepted the position on February 14.

House impeachment managers (L-R) Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX), Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) head to the Senate floor for the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on February 3, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

The Senate voted on February 5 to acquit Trump after months of investigations and testimonies. There were votes on the two separate articles of impeachment. The first vote was on the abuse of power article and the second was obstruction of Congress. (RELATED: Senate Votes To Acquit President Trump)

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff acted as the lead manager. The other managers included House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, Democratic Colorado Rep. Jason Crow, Democratic Florida Rep. Val Demings, Democratic Texas Rep. Sylvia Garcia, and Democratic California Rep. Zoe Lofgren. (RELATED: Nearly All Of Pelosi’s Impeachment Managers Supported Impeachment Before Whistleblower Complaint Was Filed)

The seven impeachment managers’ roles were very much like the roles of prosecutors, as the members are responsible for presenting the impeachment inquiries to the Senate, to make the case as to why Trump should be impeached with the evidence they have gathered.