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John Roberts Doesn’t Want to Preside Over Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial: Schumer

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John Roberts Doesn’t Want to Preside Over Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial: Schumer

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is abdicating his usual role of overseeing presidential impeachment trials, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said late Monday. “The Constitution says the chief justice presides for a sitting president. So it was up to John Roberts whether he wanted to preside with a president who is no longer sitting, Trump, and he doesn’t want to do it,” Schumer said during an appearance on MSNBC. “So traditionally what has happened is then the next in line is the Senate pro tem. That’s the most senior senator on the majority side, and that’s Sen. Leahy, who’s a very experienced man, and a very fair man.” The Supreme Court hasn’t responded to requests for comment. Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced earlier Monday that he would be presiding over Trump’s upcoming trial, even as he serves as a juror. “When I preside over the impeachment …

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