This is clearly an unconstitutional impeachment. And now the Democrats is going to have a long-term Democrat preside as judge to make it clear that this is a political show trial.
Donald Trump’s impeachment trial will be presided over by Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving Democratic senator, not the chief justice, it was revealed Monday.
House impeachment managers will carry out the symbolic act of formally walking an impeachment article of Trump to the Senate on Monday – officially beginning the first impeachment of a U.S. president who is out of office.
The Constitution establishes that ‘when the President of the United States is tried the Chief Justice shall preside.’
But it makes no specific mention of a former president. Roberts was reportedly anxious to avoid presiding over a second Trump impeachment: a role that would test his efforts to remain nonpartisan, while once again soaking up part of his workday.
CNN reported Monday that Leahy, the most senior Democrat in the Senate and the president pro tempore, would likely preside.
At one point there had been speculation it would be Kamala Harris presiding, because of the vice president’s constitutional position as Senate president.
It was not immediately clear how having a senior Democrat presiding might affect the tenor of the proceedings.