Chief Justice Roberts says he won’t break any ties in Senate impeachment trial

Chief Justice Roberts says he won’t break any ties in Senate impeachment trial
Chief Justice John Roberts, presiding. WaPo video, YouTube

[Ed. – That’s actually a relief, for many.  We’ve seen how the Chief Justice breaks ties on the Court.]

Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday said he would not cast any tie-breaking votes in the event of a 50-50 vote on motions in President Trump’s impeachment trial.

Roberts, the trial’s presiding officer, said he believes he lacks the authority to cast a deciding vote, despite Chief Justice Salmon Chase having done so twice in the 1868 impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson. …

His remarks came in response to a question from Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) about the presiding officer’s tie-breaking authority.

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Roberts, appearing to read from a prepared statement, summarized the two votes by Chase in the Johnson trial.

“One had to do with a motion to adjourn and the other was to adjourn deliberations,” Roberts said. “I do not consider those episodes 150 years ago to break ties. If it is divided equally on a motion, the normal rule is that the motion fails.”

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