Donald Trump’s defense lawyers face a daunting mission Friday in refuting a devastating impeachment case that the former President is a dangerous tyrant who turned his mob on his fellow Americans.
But after they huddled Thursday with three of Trump’s top supporters — Sens. Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham and Mike Lee — who are supposed to be serving as impartial jurors — it’s clear their task will be aided by Republican senators who care as much about political damage control as clearing Trump’s name.
No matter how persuasive the Democrats’ case was over the past week, the raw political math remains on Trump’s side. There is still no indication 17 Republican senators are willing to join Democrats to convict the former President for inciting the deadly insurrection on January 6.