Senate Republicans are not concerned that Justice Roberts would break a tie if Murkowski votes for witnesses according to new reports.
Chad Pergram of Fox News writes
“Chief Justice John Roberts is not expected to inject himself into the issue and break a tie, ala Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase in the 1868 impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.”
Democrat Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) appeared on CNN and argued there is a “powerful argument” for Supreme Court Justice John Roberts to break a possible tie in a vote for witnesses.
.@SenBlumenthal says there is a “powerful argument” for Supreme Court Justice John Roberts to break a possible tie in a vote for witnesses.
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Washington Examiner reports Senate Republicans told reporters on Thursday that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts could break a tie Friday if the Senate vote on calling impeachment witnesses results in a 50-50 split.
Referring to Roberts, who is presiding over President Trump’s impeachment trial, Republican Indiana Sen. Mike Braun told reporters in the Capitol, “If we end up in a tie vote, that could be overruled by the chair.”
Braun said most Republicans do not believe Roberts would intercede. “It’s unlikely that would happen,” he said.
Republicans and some Democrats said they do not support Roberts weighing in on a vote and anticipate he would not intercede.
“If it’s a tie vote, unless Chief Justice Roberts would intercede, it ends up dying,” Braun said, adding an intervention by Roberts “sets a questionable precedent, too.”