Donald Trump’s impeachment trial will begin on February 9.
This is an unprecedented event.
And Donald Trump got one surprising piece of news from the Supreme Court about impeachment.
Normally, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presides over a President’s impeachment trial.
But since Donald Trump is no longer President, Chief Justice John Roberts will not oversee the impeachment trial.
Instead, a hardcore left-wing ideologue – Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont – will preside over the trial.
“The president pro tempore has historically presided over Senate impeachment trials of non-presidents. When presiding over an impeachment trial, the president pro tempore takes an additional special oath to do impartial justice according to the Constitution and its laws. It is an oath that I take extraordinarily seriously,” Leahy stated.
Many Trump supporters countered that having a member of the opposition party as well as the jury running a trial for Donald Trump was more evidence the whole event was a partisan sham.
Leahy’s history as a bare knuckled partisan brawler made his statement that he would “not waver from my constitutional and sworn obligations to administer the trial with fairness, in accordance with the Constitution and the laws” laughable.
Many Republicans are coalescing around the position that a Senate impeachment trial for a President no longer in office is ridiculous.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul declared it unconstitutional.
Florida’s Marco Rubio called it “stupid.”
The fact that one of Donald Trump’s political opponents, who everyone knows is a mortal lock to vote to convict Trump, is also calling balls and strikes at Trump’s impeachment trial offends any sense of fairness under the law and due process.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.