U.S. Senator Patrick J. Leahy
President Pro Tempore of the Senate
437 Russell Senate Building
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510 January 31, 2021
Re: The Ultra Vires Trump
Impeachment & Trial
Dear Senator Leahy,
On your website you state that “The President Pro Tempore has historically presided over Senate impeachment trials of non-presidents”. You further said that “When presiding over an impeachment trial [of non-presidents]” that you “Take an additional special oath to do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws”. You further said that “It is an oath that [you] take very
To quote you further you said that you “consider holding the office of the President Pro Tempore and the responsibilities that come with it to be one of the highest honors and most serious responsibilities of [your] career” and that “When [you] preside over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, [you] will not waiver from [your] sworn obligations to administer the trial with fairness, in accordance with the Constitution and the laws”.
You have absolutely NO Constitutional role in “Presiding over” an impeachment trial of a “former” President. By doing so you dishonor yourself and the “Oath(s)” that you took. The oaths which you stated you “take extra-ordinarily seriously”.
As I told Chief Justice Roberts, Senator Mc Connell and Senator Schumer, The current ultra vires “impeachment trial” of “Former” President Trump is unconstitutional on its face. By continuing this farce you become a disgrace to America’s founding principles.
Robert C. Laity
[Editor’s Note: The author’s referenced letter to Roberts is here.]