Senator tapped to lead impeachment hearings hospitalized

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy is recovering at home after being taken to the hospital, hours after being sworn in to preside over former Pres. Trump's second impeachment trial.
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Transcript for Senator tapped to lead impeachment hearings hospitalized
To Washington now. President Biden signed four executive actions on racial equality saying our soul will be troubled as long as systemic racism is allowed to persist. More actions expected later today. They're calling it climate day at the white house. All this as the senate prepares for the second impeachment trial of former president trump. Rachel Scott has more on how Republicans will vote and, Rachel, the senator presiding over the trial, Patrick Leahy, was hospitalized shortly after being sworn in. Reporter: Yeah, Amy, good morning and it was just hours after senator Patrick Leahy was sworn in to preside over the trial that he was not feeling well. He was taken here from capitol hill and rushed to a hospital out of an abundance of caution. This morning we are told he is doing okay, that he is resting and looking forward to being back at work soon. But that trial starts in just two weeks. The senators were sworn in as jurors yesterday but right from the start it became clear that it's likely we will not see a conviction of Donald Trump. 45 Republicans voted that the trial itself is unconstitutional, in fact, only five Republicans voted with Democrats in order to move forward with the trial and it will but Democrats now face a significant challenge, they need at least 17 Republican senators in order to convict Donald Trump and right now, Amy, they just do not have those number. Rachel, we want to get some new information that just came in and, frankly, it's difficult to process. Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene showed support for executing Nancy Reporter: This is frankly disturbing, these posts obtained by CNN were before she was elected to office. In 2019 Greene recording a video suggesting that house speaker Nancy Pelosi could be executed for treason and another post from that same year she allegedly liked a comment saying the quickest way to remove Pelosi is to put a bullet in her head. Greene says that not all of those posts represent her views but she does not apologize for them and goes on to say that different people run her social media pages, Amy. Extremely disturbing is probably the only way to describe that. All right, Rachel Scott, thank you very much for that, robin.

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