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Leahy covered the constitutional challenges of the country from Watergate until January 6.

Patrick Leahy’s notes from his early days in the Senate shed light on Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. The Vermont Democrat dug out his old notes from an evening in 1975. Then-Sen. Leahy worked behind the bar serving drinks as Republican legends recalled confrontations with Richard M. Nixon. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, served in the Senate for 38 years.

He is a historic figure, having chaired two key committees and cast second-most votes ever. Leahy became a preacher of the Gospel of “Your Word,” urging senators to keep their word.