Several law professors took issue with CNN legal analyst Elie Honig’s on-air assessment of Chief Justice John Roberts’s authority in his role presiding over President Donald Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate. Asked if the Chief Justice could “order witnesses to testify” even if Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) disagreed, the former federal prosecutor on Sunday opined that such a command fell within Roberts’s constitutional power.
“I conclude that ‘yes’ – Chief Justice Roberts can, and I think should, overrule the majority if he has to,” he said.
Q. Can Chief Justice John Roberts order witnesses to testify even if Senator McConnell disagrees?
A: Yes, Chief Justice Roberts can and I think should overrule the majority if he has to. The