Like ‘root canal,’ but worse: US Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland navigates unusual day as Senate meets on impeachment

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin parked his Buick sedan in the Hart Senate Office Building garage, tucked a notebook stuffed with legal briefs and handwritten notes under one arm, and headed into a day he likened to a root canal. But worse. “You never want to go through an impeachment trial,” the third-term Democrat said. “I’ve had a root canal and I must tell you that process was not that unpleasant. This is unpleasant.” The impeachment trial of Republican President Donald Trump began in earnest Tuesday in the U.S. Senate with a debate over the trial’s rules.  Cardin, 76, a white-haired lawyer, said he spent hours over the Martin Luther King Day holiday weekend at his Pikesville home constructing a timeline of impeachment-related events and scrawling notes onto a legal pad in tiny cursive. (Balt. Sun)

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