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It's up to John Roberts to make sure senators stay true to their oath; The chief justice's role during impeachment trial is more than just window dressing.

Jan 15, 2020 - Washington Post Blogs

As he presides over the impeachment trial of President Trump, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. does not need to act like a potted plant - nor should he. In fact, Roberts as presiding officer has the ability to force senators to be true to their oath to "do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws."

Under the Senate's standing rules, the presiding officer has the power to issue "orders, mandates, writs, and precepts," to "direct all the forms of proceedings while the Sena...