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Senator Patrick Leahy rushed to hospital as Democrat who’ll oversee Trump impeachment is struck down by mystery illness


SENATOR Patrick Leahy, the president pro tempore of the Senate who will be presiding over Trump's impeachment trial, has reportedly been hospitalized late Tuesday night.

A spokesperson for the Vermont senator, David Carle, said Leahy had been hospitalized after he was not feeling well.

He was examined by a Capitol physician and rushed to the hospital for observation.

Leahy was sitting in the chair and swearing in senators today before his hospitalization.

He will also be the first president pro tempore - or the elected president of the Senate when the Vice President cannot - to preside over an impeachment trial.

The Chief Justice has presided over other impeachment trials.

"The president pro tempore has historically presided over Senate impeachment trials of non-presidents," Leahy said on Monday.

"When presiding over an impeachment trial, the president pro tempore takes an additional special oath to do impartial justice according to the Constitution and the laws," he continued. "It is an oath that I take extraordinarily seriously." 

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