John G. Roberts, President Trump, United States discussed on WBBM Programming

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With that John G. Roberts was sworn in to take on a role as outlined in the constitution when the president of the United States is tried the Chief Justice shall preside but unlike most trials where judges are in complete control here it'll be the Senate that has the first and last word Jeff rose and president and CEO of the national constitution center says Roberts his role is to be a symbol of neutrality to be accepted by both sides as fair as not favoring one side or another sitting at the center of a political fight poses a unique challenge for the sixty four year old Chief Justice he's no fan of the limelight and going back to his two thousand five confirmation hearings has fiercely defended the independence of federal judges comparing them to Pires who call balls and strikes the role of an empire and the judge is critical they make sure everybody plays by the rules but in an impeachment trial not only does the Senate set the rules it can by a majority vote overturn any of Roberts's rulings the Senate will convene as a court of impeachment twenty one years ago Roberts his predecessor the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist presided over president Clinton's impeachment trial I do but he only made one ruling that senators were more than jurors because the Senate could also dictate the trial like a judge it's all the more important to have a figure who is recognized by both sides as above politics and that's why it's so important to Chief Justice Roberts the chief justice's.

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