Chief Justice John Roberts will not preside over Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial, which is scheduled to begin in earnest on Feb. 8.
Instead, Senate President Pro Tempore, Pat Leahy (Vt.), the most senior member of the Senate Democratic conference will preside over the trial.
A Senate source said Leahy, a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is expected to preside at the trial.
A spokesman for Leahy said the decision on presiding over the trial is up to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N. Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
"Leaders have been negotiating all process issues about the trial, and all along we have deferred to them for any announcements about this and all other process matters," the aide said.
Republican critics say this creates a conflict of interest because Leahy voted in February to convict Trump on two articles of impeachment.
Some have also argued the Senate should not be impeaching a former president, and... (Read more)
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