Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy to preside over Trump impeachment trial as ‘judge and jury’

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)’s appointment to preside over the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump has Republicans and many legal scholars objecting since it makes him both judge and a member of the jury in the trial.

“How does a senator preside, like a judge, and serve as juror too?” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said when Democrats informed the Senate of the decision on Monday.

Leahy is the president pro tempore of the Senate, and it is traditional for that figure to preside over impeachment trials of non-president officials. Most were expecting the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, to preside over the trial like he did during the failed Trump impeachment of a year ago.

The Senate did not invite Roberts to preside over the trial that is expected to begin on February 8, citing the tradition of using the president pro tempore for non-presidents.

Potential to make important trial decisions

While impeachment judges may remain mostly silent during the proceedings, there is the potential for them to make important rulings if questions arise or when a dispute occurs.

Leahy has promised to be fair and follow the laws during the impeachment trial: “When I preside over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, I will not waver from my constitutional and sworn obligations to administer the trial with fairness, in accordance with the constitution and the laws.” 

Given Democrats’ recent proclivities for redefining truth in whichever way suits them politically, however, there is reason to doubt that Leahy or any Democrat has a real sense of fairness that Republicans or Trump could trust in this situation.

The greater likelihood is that Leahy’s position as judge of the trial will lead to less fairness for Trump than if Chief Justice Roberts was presiding, which is why Republicans are objecting. Furthermore, Leahy is a vocal critic of Trump and voted to convict him during the first impeachment trial, the Washington Examiner reported.

Impeachment is already unfair

Let’s face it: the impeachment is already unfair, given that Democrats did not call a single witness or establish any law broken by Trump when he spoke to rally-goers before the Capitol riot occurred.

Democrats could not prove that Trump incited that riot, because nothing he said met the legal definition of incitement. Furthermore, they can’t even prove that the people who broke into the Capitol were even present at the preceding rally or heard his words.

And they didn’t even try to prove it, because they know they can’t. The entire impeachment is unfair and trumped up to try to keep Trump from running for office again, because Democrats know he still has a very good chance of winning if he does run.

Unless they can get 17 Republicans to agree with them, however, it doesn’t look like they will be able to stop Trump from deciding to run again in 2024. And by then, people may be able to look past Trump’s tweets and realize that the country needs him a lot more than they do the woke, job-killing Democrat agenda they will get for the next four years and beyond if Democrats remain in charge.

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    1. This is insane! A democrat judge and a republican past president!?!?!? You know it will be a kangaroo court like the last one!!!

  1. If the Democrats can get away with impeaching a private citizen they better beware what they wish for. The can of worms will be open to impeach ANY former president which includes obama and Clinton.

    1. Dems have gotten away with too much already. That can of worms has already been opened, but the tough part is to disarm the American people that already have a belly full of their worms!

    2. AND IMPEACHMENT ACTIONS AGAINST BOTH OF THEM, AS WELL AS JOE BIDEN SHOULD BE INITIATED IMMEDIATELY. OF COURSE, NOW THAT EVERYONE IS A SUSPECTED TERRORIST, WHO COULD VOTE?

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  3. It’s a sham impeachment anyway. I hope Trump takes them to court and sues them on a personal level. He is a private citizen and no longer in a office and can not be removed from an office.

  4. I have never been so disgusted in my 68 years of paying attention to what goes on in our government, as I’m now. Please let unity and governing begin!!
    AND THE DAMN SOAP OPERA END.
    WE THE PEOPLE ARE SICK OF IT ALL.

  5. YOU ALL ARE CRAZY THESE DEMORATS DONT KNOW THE MEANING OF FAIR OR HONEST THEY ARE SCUM AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH. AS USUAL THEY ARE LYING CHEATING REPULSIVE DISGUSTING DEGENERATE A HOLES YOU KNOW THE USUAL. TO HELL WITH THEM ALL

  6. This is the first impeachment trial not held with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court! Of course led by the lawless DemocRAT Politicians. They run all over the constitution and would like to get rid of it! They are over Hungary who care about knowone and that includes there unions, businesses and everyday working people! I hope the country wakes up! Schumer and Pelosi are two of the worst politicians in power in our history!

  7. I HATE EVERY ONE OF THESE LOUSY STINKIN DEMS ESPECIALLY biden the flaming A HOLE. DEATH TO ALL OF THESE MOTHER EFFING SCUMBAGS

  8. I am always amazed at the crust and corruption of the dems at impeaching our president for the second time for no good reason and ignores the crimes committed by the Biden family. We have proof of Biden on video committing a pro quid quo and they have done nothing. Impeach Biden now!!!!

  9. They keep trying to push us into a corner
    We ( 75,000,000 ) will soon have no other choice but to invoke our Declaration Of Independence again. ‘evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, It is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government ( Not our Constitution but the people who have stolen our FREEDOMS ) , and to provide new Guards for their future security’ to reinstall our Constitution as written.
    It was necessary then and it seems necessary now before it is to late to act.

  10. Amazing stupidity. Pelosi is 80 going on 19, Biden is 78 going on 108, Schumer is 70 going on 21 and now Leahy 80 going on 100 are going after My President Trump to attempt to make him ineligible to run for office. With a combined age of 308 years they have the brain of a 21 year old liberal kid straight out of far left college. Read the Constitution. For our Country’s sake, all four should be kicked out of office for abuse of power.

  11. Why should this kangaroo court be any surprise? The democrat don’t believe in the U.S. Constitution and they don’t believe in the country, only what they can get out of it. This is disgusting!

  12. I don’t know why this can’t go straight to the Supreme Court now? It’s clearly against the Constitution. All the above stuff about Leahy, a Trump hater is going to preside? Don’t both sides have some rights about this? Similarly, in States where they brought those crooked machines & crazy mail outs in, shouldn’t both parties involved in the election have some say so? If not, every time somebody is in the majority, they can queer the election anyway they want to? It all seems wrong. Just object? Wow. Is that all? Take it to the Supreme Court.

    1. Get the Supreme Court involved. Crazy how one can be a judge and juror at the same trial!
      So is there going to be a march protesting
      Trump being impeached again?

  13. The constitution clearly states that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court must be the judge in the imoeachment trial of a President. A guilty verdict would remove the rstudent from office and could also prevent him from holding any futre elected office. A guilty verdict would not preclude further civil action. Since Trump is no longer in office he can not be impeached by the House and any articles sent to the Senate by the house are invalid. Had Trump been in ofice when the House sent the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate Only the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court could sit as judge. If the democrats unconstitutionally hold a trial of a former President they would be holding such as if Trump was still President and again the Chief Justice only can sit as the judge. All of this is mute as an impeachment trial is meant to remove a sitting President. The fact that if the sitting President is found guilty and can no longer hold public office is the consequence of having been so judged and not a reason for the impeachment!

  14. If for some reason they are successful with impeaching Trump for inciting the capitol protest, then out the door goes harris, pelosi, waters, schiff, biden, feinstein, newsom, and all of the other democratic idiots that encouraged, suggested rioting all summer long and that paying for the bail for those arrested for rioting. This will completely clear out the swamp. Basically, all of the democrats incited all of the riots all summer long.

  15. Isn’t this a replay of what Pence, and the POS Republicans did as they crawled out from under their chairs on Jan.6,2020 act as Judge and Jury to convict, and remove the President of their own party.

  16. Maybe because the democrats know they stole the election, they know Trump is really President so they think it is legal, since rightfully he is still our President.

  17. Pelosi apparently didn’t understand the pig head at her house that there are people out there that are determined to get to her and do whatever and she continues to be the queen of mean.

  18. Is this the last straw that broke the Camel’s back, or is there more to come, duh?
    The usual suspects are at it again, only they have added Skippy, Stalwell and Leahy.
    Skippy is THE Marsupial to go along with this Court as Captain Kangaroo Roberts bounced/skipped his duties again.
    It will be our pleasure to see RatSchiff again pry barring his mouth to wedge his foot out. Maybe Nancy will be there to help this time to receive that middle finger from us which represents our warm feelings for her, tic.

  19. Piglosi is about to get a big slap in the face! The impeachment filing against Biden by Marjorie Taylor -Greene must by law be brought to the floor for a vote! If Piglosi refuses to do it, then she jeopardizes her position as speaker! What will she do? Bury it? Refuse it? The ball is in her court, she better play it wisely!

  20. This just shines another bright light on the impeachment farce cooked up by the Democrat party. Look how much money the super wealthy paid to get Joe Biden into the Presidential office and the treachery they used to do it.

  21. If the demonrats insist upon an impeachment trial, Trump’s defense team should show why there was actually an “insurrection” and bring out all the evidence regarding the fraudulent election that no one has had any interest in allowing the public to see. How long would it take for them to shut everything down? Would this be censored also?

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