Top Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon after reportedly not “feeling well,” his office revealed in a statement.
Details of Leahy’s condition have yet to be released by the senior Senator’s office, but the Hill reported that the Vermont senator’s attending physician recommended hospitalization of the 80-year-old out of an “abundance of caution.”
After reportedly complaining of “not feeling well,” Leahy was examined by a physician, and then transported to an area hospital.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the Attending Physician recommended that he be taken to a local hospital for observation, where he is now, and where he is being evaluated,” Leahy spokesperson David Carle confirmed.
Leahy’s hospitalization occurred just hours after being sworn in to preside over the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.
The task of presiding over the trial was bestowed on Leahy because of his position as president pro tempore of the Senate, making him constitutionally the second-highest-ranking official in the Senate, taking over from GOP Senator Chuck Grassley (R-OH).
The Senate received the article of impeachment from the House on Monday, and jurors for the trial were sworn in on Tuesday afternoon. The trial is expected to begin on February 8.
The nature of Leahy’s illness is unknown at the time of this publication. This is a developing story.