The three Republican senators who met with former President Trump's defense team Thursday night were there to give them advice for their rebuttal, two people familiar with the meeting told CNN.
Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah were seen going into the room Trump's team is working out of during the trial. While inside, they gave them their suggestions for how to proceed during today's presentation, CNN has learned from multiple sources.
Lawyers Bruce Castor and David Schoen were both in the room for the meeting, as were multiple others.
While the episode raises questions about jurors meeting with the defense team mid-trial, it also signals the uneasiness among Trump's allies of how his legal team is prepared to defend his actions today. Trump has complained at length about Castor and urged others to talk to him before he got on the Senate floor today.
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