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Chief Justice Roberts Roped Into Battle Over Impeachment Witnesses

•, by Tyler Durden

Roberts, who was officially sworn in for his role on Thursday, has offered no clues as to how he will approach the situation - which is particularly relevant in the event of a tie-breaking vote. Of note, some Republicans have argued that Roberts should not be able to break a tie on this issue.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told The Hill she has received briefing materials from former senators who participated in the 1999 Clinton trial arguing Roberts should not be able to break a tie. 

So far, she is still thinking about what his role should be. 

"It's my understanding that if it's a tie, it fails," she said, summarizing the briefing paper. 

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said it would be odd for the chief justice to decide procedural questions that have become very politicized in recent weeks. 

"This is a Senate procedure," he said. "In a committee, if you have a tie vote you don't prevail. And that's what would happen here, I would think." -The Hill