President Trump’s impeachment team thought Sunday was going to be their last day to fine tune their final arguments for the Senate floor.
They were confident, multiple people said, assured they could get Senate Republicans to a safe place to vote against witnesses and wrap up their client’s trial by the end of the week.
Then came John Bolton.
The bombshell report in the New York Times sent the White House legal team working late into the night, as they realized it had the potential to change the trajectory of the trial.
First and foremost, aides wanted Trump to address the book himself, and helped craft last night's late-night tweet to provide his allies with talking points for the day.
Their next decision was whether to address the manuscript directly on the Senate floor today, according to a person briefed on the discussions. It became a major source of debate, with some advising it should be ignored while others said there's no way they couldn't talk about it.
As of this morning, still no final decision had been made on that front. Initially, today was supposed to be the White House's last day of arguments. That's now up in the air, too.
Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr were at the White House this weekend ahead of today's arguments on the Senate floor. This is notable because as of Friday, the two had still not been part of the formal legal prep for the president's defense.
Both are expected to speak today. Pat Cipollone, Jay Sekulow, Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz take the Senate floor today at 1 p.m. ET.