- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The Senate‘s most senior Democrat went to the hospital Tuesday evening after falling ill, his office said. 

Sen. Patrick Leahy is presiding over the looming impeachment trial of President Trump, and had sworn in fellow senators as jurors earlier Tuesday.

Hours later, his office said, the 80-year-old began to feel unwell.

The Capitol’s doctor told him to go to the hospital, where he was evaluated. By Tuesday night he was back home, said Leahy spokesman David Carle.

“He looks forward to getting back to work,” Mr. Carle said. “Patrick and Marcelle deeply appreciate the well wishes they have received tonight.”



Mr. Leahy, of Vermont, was just sworn in last week as president pro tempore, becoming third in the line of succession to the president. The position traditionally goes to the senior member of the majority party. 

The Senate revealed this week that Mr. Leahy, not Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., will preside over the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump.

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