John Roberts will not be silent Wednesday. But the questions he asks will not be his.


Since the Senate impeachment trial began last week, Chief Justice John Roberts has been mainly out of the camera’s line of sight. He has, clerk-like, enforced Senate procedures and kept the clock for the lawyers at the lectern. He has tried to maintain the chamber’s decorum, as when he admonished the legal teams against nastiness, citing a 1905 Senate trial precedent against use of the word “pettifogging.”

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