By ALAN FRAM, Related Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy was taken to a hospital Tuesday night after not feeling properly, a spokesman stated, hours after the 80-year-old Democrat started presiding over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.
Leahy, who’d been in his Capitol workplace, was taken to the hospital “out of an abundance of warning” after being examined by Congress’ attending doctor, Leahy spokesman David Carle stated.
Leahy had commenced his position of overseeing Trump’s newest impeachment trial by swearing in his fellow lawmakers. The precise trial will start subsequent month.
Leahy is presiding as a result of he’s the Senate’s president professional tempore, a largely ceremonial publish. Chief Justice John Roberts presided over Trump’s first impeachment trial a 12 months in the past when Trump was nonetheless president.
The Senate president professional tempore job usually goes to the longest-serving member of the Senate’s majority celebration. Leahy was first elected in 1974, making him the longest-serving present senator of both celebration.
Carle’s assertion didn’t title the hospital to which Leahy was taken or present additional element about his situation.
Leahy might be chairman as soon as once more this 12 months of the Senate Appropriations Committee, a panel that controls a big chunk of the federal funds and might be in the course of President Joe Biden’s effort to offer extra spending to fight the pandemic and recharge the financial system.
Leahy is the fifth-oldest present senator. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., 87, is the oldest.
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