The chief justice is not there to take attendance.
The chief justice is going to interrupt the trial to question the veracity of arguments being made by the president’s lawyers?
‘Preside’ must be understood in the context of an impeachment trial, not a trial in a court of law.
Those who would like the chief justice to behave more like one of his predecessors, Salmon P. Chase, in the 1868 impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, would do well to read their history.
Chase entertained Johnson at a reception the day before he swore the oath to administer impartial justice at the impeachment trial.

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