“We need to create a dynamic of action in which all of our colleagues are forced to confront their conscience about the permission they’ve given the president to trample all of the principles and values of our Constitution,” he said in an interview this week.
In many ways, Mr. Raskin was made for this moment; he has been engaged in progressive politics since he was a toddler, learning at the knee of his father, Marcus Raskin, a well-known antiwar activist and liberal intellectual. But as he assumes the weighty role of lead prosecutor, he is also coping with a devastating family tragedy: the loss of his son, Tommy, 25 and a student at Harvard Law, to suicide on New Year’s Eve.
“Even in this darkest moment, he has not in any way diminished what he sees as his responsibility as a member of Congress to defend our democracy,” said Representative David Cicilline, Democrat of Rhode Island and one of Mr. Raskin’s closest friends in the Capitol. “None of us who know Jamie well are surprised by it.”
As the Capitol was under attack last week, Mr. Cicilline and Representative Ted Lieu began drafting the article of impeachment against Mr. Trump. Mr. Cicilline said he asked Mr. Raskin, whom Democrats consider their in-house constitutional scholar, to join them.
Well liked on both sides of the political aisle, Mr. Raskin is a member of Ms. Pelosi’s unofficial “kitchen cabinet,” and serves on both the House Judiciary Committee and the House Rules Committee, the powerful 13-member panel that sets the terms of debate in the House.
Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/13/us/politics/jamie-raskin-impeachment-manager.html