Senator presiding over Trump impeachment trial taken to hospital

Washington (AFP) – The 80-year-old senator presiding over the impeachment trial of Donald Trump was hospitalized on Tuesday after sounding hoarse and unwell while swearing in lawmakers as jurors. Patrick Leahy, who was elected in 1974, is presiding over the trial as he is the senior senator of the party with the majority in the Senate, currently the Democrats. “This evening, Senator Leahy was in his Capitol office and was not feeling well,” his spokesman said in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, the Attending Physician recommended that he be taken to a local hospital for observatio…

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