Leahy hospitalized for observation after feeling ill

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy has been taken to “a local hospital for observation” after feeling unwell on Tuesday night, according to his spokesperson.

“This evening, Senator Leahy was in his Capitol office and was not feeling well,” spokesperson David Carle said in a statement. “He was examined in the Capitol by the Attending Physician. Out of an abundance of caution, the Attending Physician recommended that he be taken to a local hospital for observation, where he is now, and where he is being evaluated.“

Carle didn’t expand on the 80-year-old Democratic senator’s symptoms. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he has been in touch with Leahy’s wife, Marcelle, who is a nurse.

“She says things are going well, so we’ve all got our fingers crossed that he will be back tomorrow,“ Durbin said.

Leahy is supposed to preside over President Donald Trump’s second impeachment starting on Feb. 9 as president pro tempore of the Senate. The president pro tempore is third in line of succession to the presidency and Leahy has already held the position twice.

“The president pro tempore has historically presided over Senate impeachment trials of non-presidents,” he said in a statement earlier this week. Republicans have criticized Leahy’s role in the upcoming trial since, as a senator, he’s also a juror in the proceedings.

“I consider holding the office of the president pro tempore and the responsibilities that come with it to be one of the highest honors and most serious responsibilities of my 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.

The Vermont Democrat, who has spent 46 years in the Senate, also just became chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.


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