Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) spoke out about reports former President Trump was enraged at his attorney’s opening arguments on the first day of his impeachment trial. Graham conducted a phone conversation with Trump and told reporters that despite claims by some media to the contrary, he had no sense of Trump being angered by Bruce Castor Jr’s first day arguments.
“Well, not, no, not particularly,” Graham said when asked if he sensed frustration on the part of the former president. “We mostly talked about the vote, and I said we had 44 people saying it’s not constitutional.”
Graham said he was confident the president would be acquitted of the charges of inciting violence at the January 6 riots on Capitol Hill, reports Breitbart.
“I think his team will do better, can do better,” he added. “I reinforced to the president. The case is over. It’s just a matter of getting the final verdict now.”
On Tuesday, the New York Times claimed that Trump was “furious” while watching and listening to his lawyer Bruce Castor Jr. deliver his opening argument that followed House Democrat Impeachment Managers’ emotional opening remarks.
Politico followed with remarks that Trump has grown “increasingly frustrated” with his legal team’s opening statement.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) was not impressed with the team’s first-day performance.
“I don’t think the lawyers did the most effective job,” Cruz said, adding that Lead Impeachment Manager Rep. Jamie Raskin was “impressive” and a “serious lawyer.”
“I don’t think the lawyers did the most effective job,” said Sen. Ted Cruz to @karoun when asked about Trump’s lawyers. He added that Rep. Jamie Raskin was “impressive” and a “serious lawyer.”
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Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said Raskin (D-Md.) “did a superior job.”