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US Senator Leahy, set to preside over impeachment, home after hospital visit

Vermont lawmaker, 80, hospitalized after not feeling well ‘out of an abundance of caution’

Senator Patrick Leahy at the Capitol in Washington, January 26, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Senator Patrick Leahy at the Capitol in Washington, January 26, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy was taken to a hospital Tuesday evening after not feeling well and later sent home after tests, a spokesman said, hours after the 80-year-old Democrat began presiding over the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump.

Leahy, who had been in his Capitol office, was taken to George Washington University Hospital “out of an abundance of caution” after being examined by Congress’ attending physician, Leahy spokesman David Carle said.

The senator underwent an evaluation before his release from the hospital and looks forward to returning to work, Carle said.

Leahy had commenced his role of overseeing Trump’s latest impeachment trial by swearing in his fellow lawmakers. The actual trial will begin next month.

Leahy is presiding because he is the Senate’s president pro tempore, a largely ceremonial post. Chief Justice John Roberts presided over Trump’s first impeachment trial a year ago when Trump was still president.

The Senate president pro tempore job normally goes to the longest-serving member of the Senate’s majority party. Leahy was first elected in 1974, making him the longest-serving current senator of either party.

Leahy will be chairman once again this year of the Senate Appropriations Committee, a panel that controls a large chunk of the federal budget and will be in the middle of President Joe Biden’s effort to provide more spending to combat the pandemic and recharge the economy.

Leahy is the fifth-oldest current senator. Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, 87, is the oldest.

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