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Impeachment has moved to the Judiciary Committee. Here are the players.

The impeachment proceedings entered a new phase this week, as the inquiry shifted to the House Judiciary Committee. Using the report compiled by the Intelligence Committee, Judiciary will hold further hearings, vote on whether there are grounds for impeachment and possibly draft articles of impeachment.

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The committee, led by Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), has 41 members almost double the size of Intelligence, includes many high-profile friends and foes of the president.

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Democrats outnumber Republicans on the committee 24 to 17, and these Democrats generally come from very liberal parts of the country. Just over half were elected in districts that Hillary Clinton won by at least 40 points in the 2016 presidential election.

The 2016 presidential margin for each representative’s district

Hover to see representative names

Rep. Lucy McBath of Georgia is the only Democrat on the committee representing a district that Trump won. McBath was also among the last in her party to support the inquiry.

The direction of the hearings will be driven by a few key representatives, especially the leaders for each side on the committee.

The central figures

Judiciary Chairman

Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.)

will run the hearings

Reps. Louie Gohmert (Tex.)

and Jim Jordan (Ohio) are

two vocal Trump defenders

Ranking member

Douglas A. Collins (Ga.) will

lead the GOP opposition

Judiciary Chairman

Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.)

will run the hearings

Reps. Louie Gohmert (Tex.)

and Jim Jordan (Ohio) are

two vocal Trump defenders

Ranking member

Douglas A. Collins (Ga.) will

lead the GOP opposition

Judiciary Chairman

Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.)

will run the hearings

Reps. Louie Gohmert (Tex.)

and Jim Jordan (Ohio) are

two vocal Trump defenders

Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.)

sought impeachment early

in Trump’s presidency

Ranking member

Douglas A. Collins (Ga.) will

lead the GOP opposition

Judiciary Chairman

Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.)

will run the hearings

Ranking member

Douglas A. Collins (Ga.) will

lead the GOP opposition

Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.)

sought impeachment early

in Trump’s presidency

Reps. Louie Gohmert (Tex.)

and Jim Jordan (Ohio) are

two vocal Trump defenders

Democrats outnumber Republicans, so

some of Trump’s fiercest critics

are seated on this side.

Judiciary Chairman

Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.)

will run the hearings

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.)

helped write the Nixon

impeachment articles as a staffer

Ranking member

Douglas A. Collins (Ga.) will

lead the GOP opposition

Reps. Louie Gohmert (Tex.)

and Jim Jordan (Ohio) are

two vocal Trump defenders

Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.)

sought impeachment early

in Trump’s presidency

Democrats outnumber Republicans, so

some of Trump’s fiercest critics

are seated on this side.

The House Judiciary Committee met as Attorney General William P. Barr refused to testify about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election on May 2. Other committee members are not pictured. (Original photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Here are other groups that could be important to the proceedings.

The early supporters

Impeachment has divided the Democratic Party throughout Trump’s presidency. House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) moved forward with the inquiry following the Ukraine scandal, but some Democrats had been calling for impeachment much earlier, based on the findings of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in his report on election interference by Russia in 2016.

Cicilline

Cohen

Dean

Demings

Jackson Lee

Jayapal

Neguse

Raskin

Scanlon

Swalwell

The vocal Trump supporters

No Republicans explicitly support impeachment, but some Republicans have been especially vocal throughout the inquiry, calling it a sham and a charade. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida led a group of Republicans in storming closed-door proceedings and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio was given a temporary seat on the Intelligence Committee to act as a Trump booster during the first round of hearings.

Collins

Gaetz

Gohmert

Jordan

Ratcliffe

The representatives who had access to other hearings

Many Judiciary members have already had a crack at key impeachment witnesses. Just over a third of the committee was also allowed to take part in the closed-door impeachment hearings as members of either the Intelligence Committee, Committee on Oversight and Reform or the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Bass

Cicilline

Demings

Deutch

Lieu

Raskin

Swalwell

Armstrong

Buck

Chabot

Jordan

Ratcliffe

Reschenthaler

Sensenbrenner

Steube

Cohen

Correa

Dean

Escobar

Garcia

Jackson Lee

Jayapal

Jeffries

Johnson

Lofgren

McBath

Mucarsel-Powell

Nadler

Neguse

Richmond

Scanlon

Stanton

Biggs

Cline

Collins

Gaetz

Gohmert

Johnson

Lesko

McClintock

Roby

The freshman class

Nearly one in three members of the committee were newly elected to the House in 2018. The impeachment hearings will be the most high-profile test of their tenure so far. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.) serves as vice chair of the committee.

Dean

Escobar

Garcia

McBath

Mucarsel-Powell

Neguse

Scanlon

Stanton

Armstrong

Cline

Reschenthaler

Steube

Bass

Cicilline

Cohen

Correa

Demings

Deutch

Jackson Lee

Jayapal

Jeffries

Johnson

Lieu

Lofgren

Nadler

Raskin

Richmond

Swalwell

Biggs

Buck

Chabot

Collins

Gaetz

Gohmert

Johnson

Jordan

Lesko

McClintock

Ratcliffe

Roby

Sensenbrenner

The law school graduates

Congress is full of lawyers, but the Judiciary Committee is, understandably really full of lawyers. Eighty percent of the committee has received a law degree, including 15 out of 17 Republicans. Overall, only about a third of the House holds a law degree.

Cicilline

Cohen

Correa

Dean

Deutch

Garcia

Jackson Lee

Jeffries

Johnson

Lieu

Lofgren

Nadler

Neguse

Raskin

Richmond

Scanlon

Stanton

Swalwell

Armstrong

Biggs

Buck

Chabot

Cline

Collins

Gaetz

Gohmert

Johnson

Jordan

Ratcliffe

Reschenthaler

Roby

Sensenbrenner

Steube

Bass

Demings

Escobar

Jayapal

McBath

Mucarsel-Powell

Lesko

McClintock

Kate Rabinowitz

Kate Rabinowitz is a graphics reporter at The Washington Post. She previously worked at Propublica. She joined The Post in 2018.

Daniela Santamariña

Daniela Santamariña is a graphics reporter for newsletters covering politics at The Washington Post. Before joining The Post in 2019, she was an editor for National Geographic.

Kevin Uhrmacher

Kevin Uhrmacher is a graphics editor for politics covering elections and public policy at The Washington Post.

Correction (Dec. 4): A previous version of this story incorrectly included Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) in a group of Judiciary members without law degrees. He received his J.D. from the University of Colorado in 2009.

About this story

Committee assignments from Propublica Represent. 2016 election results via Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas. Pennsylvania’s congressional districts were redrawn in 2018. The Trump-Clinton margin shown was calculated for the new geographic area. Impeachment support compiled by JM Rieger for The Fix. Law school graduates from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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