(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- On-again-off-again Trump supporter Senator Lindsey Graham recently revealed the contents of a phone call he had with the former president on Tuesday evening, just before his lawyers David Schoen and Bruce Castor gave their opening statements.
It comes after several news outlets reported on the former president’s anger over their performance, which drew criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike.
Speaking to CNN, two people close to the president claimed that former President Donald Trump was “almost screaming as his attorney Bruce Castor made meandering arguments that struggled to get at the heart of his defense team’s argument – which was supposed to be over the constitutionality of holding a trial for a president no longer in office.”
One thing Castor did say that would no doubt have pleased the president, however, is that Democrats were only holding the impeachment trial to avoid facing him as a political rival in the future.
We’re really here because the majority of the House “does not want to face Donald Trump as a political rival in the future”
Trump’s attorney, Bruce Castor Jr, makes opening remarks during former president’s impeachment trial
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) February 9, 2021
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Senator Graham reportedly revealed information about a phone call he had with the former president on Tuesday night, telling him that the case is already over.
“The bottom line is I reinforced to the president, the case is over…it’s just a matter of getting the final verdict now,” he said.
Graham also said that he told Trump that Schoen “did a pretty good job.”
The South Carolina Senator also said that at least 44 Republican Senators would vote to acquit the former president, meaning the Democrats won’t get anywhere close to the 67 votes required to convict him.
This lines up with comments made by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who described the trial as a “sham” and “dead on arrival” after 45 Senators voted to object to the constitutionality of the trial.
The Senate just voted on my constitutional point of order.
45 Senators agreed that this sham of a “trial” is unconstitutional.
That is more than will be needed to acquit and to eventually end this partisan impeachment process.
This “trial” is dead on arrival in the Senate.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 26, 2021
CNN went after Senator Graham this week, claiming that he has a “very bad take” on the trial.
After Graham tweeted that the “Not Guilty” vote is growing, and that he thinks “most Republicans found the presentation by the House Managers offensive and absurd,” activist writer Chris Cillizza asked, “What part, exactly, was offensive and absurd?”
Cillizza claimed that the video presented by the Democrats laid out “in remarkable detail” how President Donald Trump incited a riot but failed to acknowledge that the video didn’t include a very important part of the president’s speech…
The part where he called on supporters to march “peacefully and patriotically.”
Are you surprised?