As American politics has grown more polarized, Roberts has tried to recede from view rather than become more prominent. But many expect President Trump would try to turn impeachment proceedings into a circus. And it may be then that Roberts would be forced to have a stronger hand, if only to maintain order.
"How do you impeach a President who has helped create perhaps the greatest economy in the history of our Country?" Trump asked on Twitter.
“The Senate impeachment trial will be a sham unless top administration officials testify.”
“The goal seems to be to turn the Senate trial into a second impeachment. ...This isn’t what the Founders intended.”
“A standard requiring proof of corrupt motive beyond a reasonable doubt is unworkable without witnesses.”
“Once the Democrats voted to impeach, they lost any chance of having federal courts order Trump’s staff to testify.”
“The public would be better served if any testimony provided by Bolton is conducted in the Democrat-controlled House.”