A person who has spent some time in the fictional Gotham will be playing a major role in the second impeachment trial of former-President Donald Trump. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will preside over the impeachment trial.
With Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts declining to oversee the trial (Chief Justices preside over sitting Presidents), the duties fall to the Senate President Pro Tempore. That position has historically done that over impeachment trials for non-presidents.
Senator Leahy is a huge Batman fan and has appeared in some of the Batman movies and voiced characters. That was Senator Leahy standing up to Heath Ledger’s Joker in the Dark Knight. The Senator has appeared in five Batman films (Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) as well as voiced a character in Batman: The Animated Series. He’s also credited with being in My Wife is a Vampire.
Leahy has taken on numerous roles, depending on the film, though usually a politician. He’s been credited as himself in two films, Territorial Governor in Batman: The Animated Series, Board Member #2 in The Dark Knight Rises, and Senator Purrington in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While we can’t say 100% that the Senator’s characters live in Gotham, he does spend a lot of time there.
Yes, the President Pro Tempore has spent time in Gotham and faced the Joker. We have little doubt he’ll have trouble facing objections during the trial.
The position of Senate President Pro Tempore is one of those that’s rather obsucre. A member of the Senate they’re third in line of succession to the President. The position is bestowed upon the longest-serving senator of the majority party. It is now held by Patrick Leahy who was once again sworn into the role on January 20, 2021 when the Democrats became the majority party in the US Senate.
Senator Leahy debuted in this new role today overseeing the first steps in the trial which included the swearing in the rest of the Senate and taking his own special oath as “judge” of the trial. The official trial will take place in a few weeks.
After today’s initial proceedings ended Leahy was taken to a hospital after an abundance of caution due to discomfort. He’s expected to resume his duties on Wednesday.