Republican senators may have taken an oath to be an impartial juror in Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, but they certainly don’t act that way.
MSNBC’s Garrett Haake reported Thursday evening that a handful of GOP senators had met privately with Trump’s defense team to discuss “legal strategy” ahead of Friday’s presentation.
“Senators Graham, Cruz and Lee met with the Trump defense team for quite a while after the arguments closed today to discuss the legal strategy for tomorrow,” Haake reported.
“They are working hand in hand – the Trump defense team and some of his closest senators – to come up with an argument that will allow their Republicans, enough of whom are enough anyway, to vote for the acquittal,” he added.
“Senators Graham, Cruz and Lee met with the Trump defense team for quite a while after the dispute closed today to discuss the legal strategy for tomorrow,” said Garrett Haake of MSNBC. pic.twitter.com/XcNwWOfb3X
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Just another way that this isn’t like a normal attempt. Senators Graham, Cruz, and Lee met with the Trump defense team for quite a while after the arguments closed today to discuss the legal strategy for tomorrow. Senator Cruz came out after that and told reporters – I mean, that’s not something they’re hiding. Again, they work hand in hand, the Trump defense team and some of his closest senators to come up with an argument that will allow their Republican counterparts – enough of them, anyway – to vote in favor of acquittal. So expect to hear a lot about constitutionality again tomorrow. Expect these Trump defenders to argue that the managers have not exceeded the high bar they believe is intended to prove incitement. And listening to their peers, those Trump defenders only have to worry about it because Republican senators are asking, and this could be an Achilles heel for the president to know what the president did and what was he doing when the attack took place? The testimony and presentation of that question today has been powerful for a number of these Republican senators, as was the case, incidentally, in the impeachment vote of the House.
The impeachment managers made a strong argument
The road to conviction has always been a long one, but the fact that GOP lawmakers meet behind the scenes with Trump’s defense team shows how effective the impeachment managers have been this week.
Not to mention, Trump’s attorneys showed up at the trial and were immediately planted on the Senate floor. The ex-president got angry while watching from Mar-a-Lago.
While the chances are slim that 17 GOP senators will put the country above Trump, it is clear that at least some Republicans in the chamber were moved by the impeachment manager’s case.
Because of this, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have teamed up with Donald Trump’s defense team to develop a legal strategy that will limit the number of Republicans, who vote for a condemnation.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.