GOP senators met with Trump's impeachment team to talk strategy

Source: The Hill | February 11, 2021 | Jordain Carney

A group of GOP senators met with former President Trump’s legal team on Thursday to discuss strategy as they prepare to present their opening arguments in the impeachment trial.

Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) were spotted entering the meeting, which took place in a room near the Senate chamber that Trump’s team is using as a workspace.

Cruz told reporters after the meeting that they were talking strategy for the defense’s opening arguments on Friday.

“We were discussing their legal strategy and sharing our thoughts,” Cruz said.

Asked to elaborate, Cruz added that they were talking “in terms of where the argument was and where to go.”

“I think their job is to make clear how the house managers have not carried their burden of proof. They have not demonstrated that the president’s conduct satisfies the legal standard of high crimes and misdemeanors,” Cruz added.

Cruz also defended the meeting on Twitter, arguing that senators aren’t jurors and that “Schumer repeatedly confers w/ House managers, as always & fully appropriate.”

Graham didn’t comment to reporters on the meeting as he left. A spokesperson for Lee said that Trump’s team invited the GOP senators, so they met with them.

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