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Partisan Dem Senator Leahy to be Trump's judge AND a juror as SCOTUS chief balks at presiding over impeachment trial

Democrats have chosen Patrick Leahy, known as one of the most partisan members of the Senate, to preside over Donald Trump's impeachment trial after Chief Justice John Roberts declined a role not called for in the Constitution.

The job fell to Leahy (D-Vermont), president pro tempore of the Senate, on Monday because the US Constitution provides for the chief justice to serve as judge only when a sitting president or vice president is impeached. In fact, the Constitution doesn't specifically make provision for a former president at all – an omission that critics such as former representative Bob Barr (R-Georgia) have argued means the Senate has no standing to convict Trump.

Democrats, nevertheless, plan to move forward with the Senate trial, starting in the second week of February. Unlike Chief Justice Roberts, who presided over Trump's first impeachment trial a year ago, Leahy will also get to vote on whether to convict Trump.

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