Joshua Caplan


Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who is scheduled to preside over the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, was taken to a hospital in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, the lawmaker’s office said.

“This evening, Senator Leahy was in his Capitol office and was not feeling well,” a spokesperson for Leahy said in a statement. “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.”

The 80-year-old Leahy serves as the Senate’s the president pro tempore.

The development comes after the House of Representatives send an article of impeachment, which accuses Trump of inciting the U.S. Capitol riots, to the Senate on Monday. Five people died during the January 6 riot, including a Capitol Police officer.

A two-week period of pretrial briefs will follow Tuesday’s swearing-in before the substance of the proceeding begins on Feb. 8.

Lawmakers agreed to the interim period so that the upper chamber can continue confirming President Joe Biden‘s Cabinet nominees and work on the new administration’s efforts to deliver COVID-19 relief to Americans.

The period also allows Trump to prepare his defense. So far, he has enlisted South Carolina attorney Butch Bowers to represent him.

The UPI contributed to this report.

Author: Joshua Caplan

Source: Breitbart: Report: Sen. Patrick Leahy Taken to Hospital

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced Thursday that restaurants in the nation’s capital will be allowed to reopen for indoor dining at limited capacity on Friday, January 22.

Bowser said restaurants will be able to reopen at 25 percent capacity and can hold no more than 250 people at a time.

The eased restrictions will commence at 5:00 a.m. EST.

Bowser also announced that officials will unveil new guidelines for other current restrictions in the coming days.

The mayor’s announcement comes just one day after President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The mayor banned all indoor dining in December in response to the rising number of coronavirus cases.

Members of Bowser’s staff have acknowledged that the coronavirus restrictions paired with unprecedented security for Biden’s inauguration has hurt D.C.’s already struggling restaurant industry.

“Those businesses in the central business district were really being impacted by the pandemic. And so to have this additional burden on them is really going to be troublesome for those businesses,” John Falcicchio, chief of staff to Muriel Bowser, told the DCist/WAMU.

Author: Joshua Caplan

Source: Breitbart: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser: Partial Indoor Dining Can Restart Friday

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