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Sen. Leahy, who voted to convict Trump last year, will preside over Trump's second impeachment trial

Leahy, the new Senate pro tempore, voted in favor of convicting Trump on both articles of impeachment during the first Senate trial

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Sen. Leahy
Sen. Leahy
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Updated: January 25, 2021 - 3:56pm

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Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy is presiding over the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Trump in the Democratic-led Senate, the lawmakers announced in a statement on Monday.

Chief Justice John Roberts presided over the first impeachment trial against Trump, which centered on his phone conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, in which he brought up Hunter Biden's work with a Ukrainian gas company while his father, Joe Biden, was U.S. vice president.

Leahy, the new Senate president pro tempore, voted in favor of convicting Trump on both articles of impeachment during the first trial against Trump in February 2020. Trump was ultimately acquitted by the Republican-led Senate.

"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 the laws," Leahy said in a statement on Monday. "It is an oath that I take extraordinarily seriously."

Leahy also said he considers holding the president pro tempore position "one of the highest honors and most serious responsibilities" of his political career.  

"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," he said.

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