Three Republican senators met with former President Donald Trump’s impeachment legal team to discuss their strategy for the trial, CNN reports.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Utah Sen. Mike Lee met with Trump’s legal team at the Capitol on Thursday ahead of their scheduled arguments on Friday.
"We were discussing their legal strategy and sharing our thoughts," Cruz told reporters.
Trump attorney David Schoen told the outlet that the senators were “very friendly guys” who just wanted to make sure the lawyers were “familiar with procedure.”
“I think that's the practice of impeachment,” Schoen said. "There's nothing about this thing that has any semblance of due process whatsoever.”
Cruz argued that the verdict is already certain.
"I think the end result of this impeachment trial is crystal clear to everybody,” he said. "Donald Trump will be acquitted. It takes 67 votes to convict him and every person in the Senate chamber understands that there are not the votes to convict, nor should there be."
Democrats slam meeting:
Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin said the meeting was “highly unusual” and “strange.”
Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin said the meeting reeks of desperation.
"The reason why these three Republican senators are meeting… is because they're worried," he told CNN. "The House managers have put together a powerful case against this president. They have a mountain of videotape to back up what they say, countless tweets, all sorts of information that really is not in the best interest of the president, so I'd imagine they're pretty desperate to come up with a good defense strategy."
Trump lawyers to attack Dems:
Trump’s lawyers are expected to argue that Democrats took Trump’s statements out of context and of being hypocritical.
"I think you'll at least be moved by what you see and get a much better picture of exactly what's going on here and the hypocrisy in some of the positions taken by the House managers in this case," Schoen told Fox News.
"They built a sort of a false dichotomy here. Either you condemn what he said and ... find him guilty or there's no middle ground. There's no possibility of thinking what he said maybe was inappropriate," he added. "But when you use the word 'fight,' most of the times during the case, it's clear he's talking about legislators fighting for our rights, people fighting to advocate. And, you know, everyone likes to overlook the word peacefully in there."