In 'Legacy-Defining' Moment, Roberts Forced to Read Warren's Question About His Legitimacy at Impeachment Trial

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was forced Thursday night to publicly reckon with the impact that Senate Republicans’ management of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is likely having on his legacy and the high court’s future legitimacy.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) submitted a question to the House impeachment managers, which was read by the chief justice, targeting the actions taken by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his party to block efforts to subpoena witnesses.

“At a time when large majorities of Americans have lost faith in government,” Roberts read, “does the fact that the chief justice is presiding over an impeachment trial in which Republican senators have thus far refused to allow witnesses or evidence contribute to the loss of legitimacy of the chief justice, the Supreme Court, or Constitution?”

The question created a “legacy-defining” moment for Roberts, tweeted Leah Greenberg, co-founder of the grassroots political action group Indivisible.

Some Democrats have called on Roberts, in his capacity as the official presiding over the impeachment trial, override the Republican Party and order documents to be subpoenaed and witnesses to appear at the proceedings, in the interest of having a fair hearing.

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