Three Republican Senators Meet Trump’s Defense Team


Three Republican senators close to former President Donald Trump met with his defense team Thursday evening, in the middle of an impeachment trial which would see them vote whether to convict Trump and potentially bar him from holding public office again, CNN reported.

Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah were spotted going into a room in the US Capitol that Trump’s lawyers were using to prepare for their arguments.

Three Republican Senators Meet Trump’s Defense Team

According to Trump lawyer David Schoen, the senators were very friendly guys who only wanted to make sure they were familiar with the procedure on the eve of their rebuttal to the House impeachment managers’ presentation, CNN reported.

Three Republican Senators Meet Trump’s Defense Team

Replying to a question about the appropriateness of the senators’ meeting during the trial, Schoen said, yes, he thought that was the practice of impeachment. 

He added, there was nothing about this thing that had any semblance of due process whatsoever.

According to commentators, some senators viewed themselves as impartial jurors during impeachment trials, while others let a hand to their party’s side.

Republican senators had already made it clear they would vote to acquit the former President of the charge of incitement of insurrection. It would obliviate a vote on the political future of Trump. With a 50-50 Senate, the House impeachment managers, all Democrats needed the votes of 17 Republican senators to join with every member of their party to convict Trump.

The managers on Thursday showed footage of Trump’s speech before the Capitol rampage on January 6, in which he could be heard urging his supporters to “fight like hell,” “never give up,” and “never concede.” Many Republican senators also pointed out that Trump also said to peacefully and patriotically make their voices heard.  They had also blamed the rioters for the deadly violence that day, rather than the former President.

According to Cruz, the Trump defense team meeting provided an opportunity to share their thoughts about their legal strategy. The Trump team had come for harsh criticism from Senate Republicans on Tuesday, the trial’s opening day. They argued that Trump attorney Bruce Castor had delivered a longwinded presentation that lacked focus in making the case that the proceedings are unconstitutional.

When asked if he was now comfortable with the Trump team’s legal strategy, Cruz said he thought the end result of this impeachment trial was crystal clear to everybody.

He added Donald Trump would be acquitted. He said it took 67 votes to convict him, and every person in the Senate chamber understood that there were not the votes to convict, nor should there be.

In a separate report, CNN said Donald Trump’s defense lawyers faced a daunting mission Friday over refuting a devastating impeachment case that the former President was a dangerous tyrant who turned his mob on his fellow Americans.

However, following their meeting with Cruz, Graham and Lee, who would be supposed to be serving as impartial jurors, it was clear they would get help from Republican senators who cared as much about political damage control as clearing the name of Trump.

According to commentators, no matter how persuasive the Democrats’ case was over the past week, the raw political math was against them. There was still no indication 17 Republican senators would join Democrats to convict the former President for inciting the deadly insurrection on January 6.

They add some Republican senators would find it hard to explain to their constituents after the Democrats built a compelling case against the former President using shocking unseen security footage, coupled with Trump’s own inflammatory rhetoric as also documentary evidence.

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