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Mel Martinez, impeachment manager?

Not exactly. But the Florida Republican has been named vice-chairman of a bi-partisan impeachment committee as the Senate begins the process of putting U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent of Texas on trial.

Kent, according to the Houston Chronicle, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and acknowledged sexually attacking two staffers who continue to work at the Houston federal courthouse. He reported to prison earlier this month to begin serving a 33-month sentence.

The committee -- 6 Democrats and 6 Republicans -- will be led by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, and will gather evidence for Kent's Senate prosecution.