“She says things are going well, so we all had our fingers crossed that he would come back tomorrow,” Durbin said.
Leahy is supposed to preside over President Donald Trump’s second indictment from February 9 as pro tempore president of the Senate. The president pro tempore is third in line for the presidency and Leahy has already held the position twice.
“The president pro tempore has always 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 because, as a senator, he is also a juror in the proceedings.
“I consider being President pro tempore and the responsibilities that come with it to be one of the greatest honors and most serious responsibilities of my career. When I preside over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, I will not waive my constitutional and sworn obligations to administer the trial fairly, in accordance with the Constitution and the laws.
The Vermont Democrat, who spent 46 years in the Senate, also recently became chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.