Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, defended his meeting with former President Trump's defense lawyers last night.
Cornyn was one of three GOP senators to meet with the defense team.
“Well this, obviously, is not a trial in the traditional sense. That would not be appropriate at a trial. But this is a political exercise as much as anything else so there’s no prohibition on that,” Cornyn said.
“Obviously, in a normal legal proceeding, that would not be permissible,” he added.
CNN is seeking additional comment from Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the two other Republicans who met with Trump’s team of lawyers Thursday night where they discussed the legal strategies the lawyers would pursue in their arguments today.
Another Republican, Sen. Mike Lee from Utah, refused to answer a question from CNN whether it was appropriate for him to meet with Trump’s defense counsel while also being a sworn juror in his impeachment trial.