Senator Patrick Leahy, D-VT, speaks at the start of a Senate Committee oversight hearing held on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Aug. 5, 2020, to investigate the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.
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Senator Patrick Leahy, the Vermont Democrat who will chair the upcoming impeachment case against former President Donald Trump, was taken to a Washington hospital for evaluation on Tuesday, his spokesman said.
“Tonight, Senator Leahy was in his office at the Capitol and was unwell,” his spokesman David Carle said in a written statement.
“He was examined at the Capitol by the attending physician,” said Carle.
“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 is being evaluated.”
Leahy, 80, is the senate’s president pro tempore, making him responsible for chairing that chamber in the absence of Vice President Kamala Harris.
Leahy’s status in the Senate also places him third in the rank of presidential succession, after Harris and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Earlier this month, the House blamed Trump for instigating the riot by his supporters in the Capitol on Jan. 6. Thousands of gang members raided the halls of Congress, smashed windows, and searched offices.
Five people, including a Capitol police station, died as a result of the riot.
The crowd disrupted a joint session of Congress, which confirmed Joe Biden’s election as president.
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