By Jessica Corbett
Provoking criticism that ranged from “jury tampering” and “another violation of their oath” to “such bullshit,” multiple Republican senators met with Donald Trump’s attorneys late Thursday — the third day of the former president impeachment trial over his incitement of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
“We were discussing their legal strategy and sharing our thoughts,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), according to CNN correspondent Manu Raju, who reported that Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) also participated in the meeting.
When asked by Raju whether it was appropriate to meet with the senators, who are jurors, Trump lawyer David Schoen said: “I think that’s the practice of impeachment. There’s nothing about this thing that has any semblance of due process whatsoever.”
Republicans putting party above their oaths to the Constitution. https://t.co/7yh38otUNT
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) February 11, 2021