The President's legal team has been meeting at the White House every day around 11 a.m. ET since the trial started to go over what Democrats said the day before and to prep for their own opening statements, according to multiple people.
While President Trump was out of town, there were late night discussions with him on the phone but now that he's back in town, he's participating directly.
But he's also on the phone regularly with outside allies, Republican lawmakers and Fox News hosts. After the session ended last night, Pat Cipollone, Trump's attorney, did not stick around much later, telling his team he was going home to get some sleep after a late night the evening prior, according to sources.
Trump praised Cipollone's rare display of emotion during the opening debate over amendments, though multiple people have privately cautioned that the White House counsel is expected to be the staid attorney in this dynamic, while senators will more likely expect a boisterous performance from his legal counterpart, Jay Sekulow.
Pat Philbin, who is deputy counsel, also earned praise inside the West Wing after he addressed the Senate floor Tuesday night. He and attorney Pam Bondi were not originally slated to speak, but the White House was a little caught off guard by how many amendments Democrats offered, so they sent other members of the team up to break up the arguments.
It appears there has been little to no formal prep with attorneys Ken Star and Alan Dershowitz, according to multiple people. They have not been involved in the sessions on Capitol Hill, or seen in the White House, several people said.
Later this week and next: Right now the White House expects to present for two days, not three, though a source cautioned that could change. Feeling comfortable Democrats will not have the votes to convict the President, the White House's number one goal right now: make sure there are no witnesses.
One person familiar says the legal team has also been preparing video clips they say will offer a counter-narrative to the clips shown by the Democratic managers.