Three GOP “Jurors” Met With Trump’s Defense Lawyer

Newsweek reports:

On Thursday, three Republican Senators — Ted Cruz of Texas, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah—reportedly met with former President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense attorneys, according to Cruz and Trump attorney David Schoen.

Schoen called the three senators “very friendly,” a comment which raised eyebrows seeing as senators are often thought to serve as impartial jurors during impeachment trials. In other criminal and civil trials, jurors are forbidden from meeting with or expressing overt favor to lawyers involved in the case.

CNN reports:

Trump lawyer David Schoen said that the senators were “very friendly guys” who just wanted to make sure they were “familiar with procedure” on the eve of their rebuttal to the House impeachment managers’ presentation.

When asked if it’s appropriate to meet with senators during the trial, Schoen said, “Oh yeah, I think that’s the practice of impeachment.” “There’s nothing about this thing that has any semblance of due process whatsoever,” he added.