Senior Senator Leahy, Judge, A Party To Trump’S Impeachment Case

2021-02-09   |   by CusiGO

One is enough. A year ago, the distinguished Judge John Roberts spent a long time sitting in the Senate, far from his comfort zone, presiding over the first impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Now he doesn’t want to repeat that, which will make him the center of the political struggle again, and the neutrality of his position suggests that he escape the political struggle. The Constitution provides that the chief justice shall preside over any trial of impeachment of the president or vice president. But when the person on trial is a former president, the work doesn’t make any sense. In the absence of precedent, no one has more power to enact case law than the president of the Supreme Court, the judges and Roberts himself, the party to this mini constitutional debate. He’s here to tell you what happened.

As a result, starting on Tuesday, the honor of presiding over Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial falls to 80 year old Democratic Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, who is the provisional speaker of the Senate, and who was given the title when the Democrats took over the house of representatives in January. The Senate’s interim Presidency (after the vice president and the House Majority Leader) is the longest serving majority legislator in the house.

Leahy, Italian and Irish, law trained, Batman comic, has been a member of the Senate since 1975. He was elected for the first time at the age of 34. It’s the last of the so-called Watergate babies in the Senate, the Democrats who won their first election seat since President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974. He is the only current senator to serve in the house of representatives during Gerald Ford’s presidency. This is not the first time Leahy has been an interim president: between 2012 and 2015, the Democrats also controlled the Senate.

Roberts’ presidency a year ago was a bit noisy. It’s different to leave the chairman of the trial to an active Senator rather than a judge. Not just because, like any other senator, you can vote at the end of the trial. This is also because, as the chief justice, he can decide whether to accept the evidence or not, and he can also decide the constitutionality of the former president. Trump’s lawyers suggest that he explore this line of defense.

The trial, presided over by a Democratic senator, would alert Republicans to any prejudice on Leahy’s part. Once Roberts refuses the invitation, he has no choice. The alternative is camara Harris, who, as vice president, will chair the Senate. But if she gets bogged down in a political trial, it’s more subtle. “When I preside over the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump,” Leahy said in a statement, “I will not waver in my constitutional obligation and my pledge to a fair trial.”