Caribbean Information – 5 Issues To Know About The Lone Caribbean Democratic Impeachment Supervisor

House Representative Stacey Plaskett, a Democrat from the U.S. Virgin Islands, leaves the Senate after filing impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in the Senate Chamber in Washington, DC, United States on Monday, January 25, 2021 . Trump’s trial in the Senate will begin today after impeachment executives published their only article accusing him of instigating the Jan 6th Capitol that killed five people, including a police officer. Photographer: Melina Mara / The Washington Post / Bloomberg via Getty Images

By NAN Staff Writer

News Americas, WASHINGTON, DC, Tue Jan. 26, 2021: USVI delegate to Congress, Stacey Plaskett, is the only Caribbean representative among eight other Democrats to serve as impeachment manager in Donald J. Trump’s second trial. On Monday, she and her colleagues went to the Senate on impeachment proceedings. Here are five things you should know about them:

1: She was born Stacey Elizabeth Plaskett on May 13, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents are both from Saint Croix, US Virgin Islands, and moved to New York in search of economic opportunity in the 1950s during the great migration of Virgin Islanders. Plaskett grew up on the housing projects in Bushwick, New York. Her father was a New York cop and her mother was a clerk. Plaskett lived in the John F. Kennedy community on St. Croix in her early childhood as her family returned to the Virgin Islands regularly during her childhood.

2: Plaskett attended Brooklyn Friends for a Quaker school and Grace Lutheran for elementary school. She was recruited by A Better Chance, Inc., a nonprofit that recruited minority students in select secondary schools. She was a student at Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school, where she worked as a university athlete and served as class president for several years. Plaskett spent a semester abroad during her time in France and graduated in 1988 with a degree in history and diplomacy from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she was accepted into the early decision program. She received her JD degree from the American University Washington College of Law after attending nighttime while working full-time during the day at the American Medical Association lobby and then at the Jones Day law firm.

3: After graduating from law school, Plaskett was hired as an assistant district attorney in the Bronx, New York. She followed up several hundred cases and ended up in the narcotics office. She then worked as a consultant and legal advisor focusing on internal corporate research and strategy for the Mitchell Madison Group, a spin-off from McKinsey & Company. Plaskett moved to Washington, DC, and served as an attorney in the Republican-run US House of Representatives, Committee on Standards of Official Conduct; the ethics committee. Plaskett left the committee when she was asked by fellow mentor and fellow trustee in Choate, Robert McCallum (prominent Republican and later ambassador to Australia) to serve in the Justice Department as President George W. Bush’s Republican political appointment

4: She accepted the offer and was an attorney for the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division and Assistant Assistant Attorney General for the Torts Division of the Civil Division. Plaskett then served on the staff of Assistant Attorney General Larry Thompson, primarily on the Justice Honors program and an initiative to increase the number of minority and women advocates in the Justice Department.

During her tenure in the Civil Department of Justice, she also served on the Terrorism Dispute Task Force and the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. While at Justice, her boss Larry Thompson resigned and was replaced by James Comey, who decided to keep Plaskett. Plaskett left government to become Assistant General Counsel with the United Health Group, where she worked in the Medicaid / Medicare: Americhoice division under the direction of Anthony Welters. She then moved full-time to her ancestral home in the US Virgin Islands and worked in the private sector and then at the Economic Development Authority of the Virgin Islands. While there, she worked on tax incentive programs and public-private partnerships to encourage economic growth for the territory’s development.

5: Plaskett switched from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party in late 2008. In 2012, Plaskett challenged nine-year-old delegate Donna Christian-Christensen in the USVI’s Democratic Party primary. Plaskett was unsuccessful, but ran again in 2014. In Democratic Elementary School on August 2, she met Shawn-Micheal Malone, Senator and Senate President of the Virgin Islands, and Emmett Hansen, former Senator of the Virgin Islands and former leader of the Virgin Islands Democratic Party.

She received 50.4% of the vote, 41.61% from Malone and 7.92% from Hansen. She later ran against Republican Vince Danet in the November 4th general election, received over 90% of the vote, and became a delegate of the islands in the US Congress. Plaskett is married to Jonathan Buckney Small, a community activist and former professional tennis player. The couple have five children. Plaskett, 54, said she sought refuge in her office during the United States Capitol storm and avoided contact with Republican colleagues who refused to wear face masks. She wrote on Facebook: “By God’s grace … I am ready.”

The managers’ job is to bring the impeachment case of President Trump up for trial in the Senate. Democrats have indicted Trump in the House of Representatives for encouraging his supporters to storm the Capitol during a rally on January 6, 2021 in Washington DC, which resulted in a violent mob overtaking the Capitol and killing five people, including two Capitol cops . Maryland Democratic MP Jamie Raskin is the chief impeachment manager. The other managers are: Democratic Representatives David Cicilline from Rhode Island, Diana DeGette from Colorado, Ted Lieu from California, Joaquin Castro from Texas, Madeleine Dean from Pennsylvania, Eric Swalwell from California, and Joe Neguse from Colorado. The trial is expected to begin the week of February 8th.