Donald Trump directed his own defense via speakerphone on Friday, repeatedly calling his lawyers in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Room on the Senate side of the Capitol to relay his feedback, sources tell Axios.
In contrast to Tuesday’s widely panned start of his defense, the Trump was said to be thrilled with his lawyers’ performances on Friday — particularly by Michael van der Veen and David Schoen, both of whom “went full Trump,” one person familiar with the situation told Axios.
The Senate reconvenes at 10 a.m. A final vote could come by 3 p.m., three Democratic congressional aides told Axios. Democrats are not expected to have the 17 Republican votes needed for a conviction.
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Trump directed his own defense via speakerphone yesterday, repeatedly calling his lawyers in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Room on the Senate side of the Capitol to relay his feedback, sources tell Axios. https://t.co/ymakD3mhgR
— Axios (@axios) February 13, 2021
Sen. Ted Cruz was spotted by the pool during the break popping into the LBJ Room — where Trump’s lawyers have been using as their workspace. He was also there last night — along with Graham and Lee — talking defense team strategy
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 12, 2021