Leahy Has Returned Home After Hospital Trip

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January 27, 2021 7:46 a.m.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who is presiding over former President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, returned home on Tuesday night after an unexpected trip to the hospital earlier in the day, a spokesman said.

After getting test results back, and after a thorough examination, Senator Leahy now is home. He looks forward to getting back to work. Patrick and Marcelle deeply appreciate the well wishes they have received tonight,” spokesman David Carle said in a statement.

The update on Leahy’s condition comes after an earlier report that the Vermont lawmaker had been admitted to the hospital just hours after presiding over the opening of Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. Carle said in a statement at the time that the senator was not feeling well and the Capitol physician had recommended the trip to the hospital “out of an abundance of caution.” 

As the Senate president pro tempore, Leahy is presiding over Trump’s impeachment trial. Leahy’s hospitalization came shortly after Leahy’s swearing in for the trial on Tuesday.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IT) told CNN earlier on Tuesday evening that Leahy could be back in the chamber Wednesday.

“Pat Leahy’s wife, Marcelle, is a nurse, and she’s with him, and this was just an abundance of caution,” Durbin told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “He was feeling uncomfortable, as you mentioned, so they wanted to give him a trip to the hospital so they can watch him for a little while. She says things are going well, so we have all got our fingers crossed he will be back tomorrow.”

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