Report: Attorneys On Trump's Defense Team Have Donated To Republican Senators
Members of President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team are campaign donors to jurors in the Senate, according to OpenSecrets.
Former independent counsels Ken Starr and Robert Ray each made large campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last year before joining Trump’s legal team.
Starr gave McConnell $2,800 in July 2019 while Ray gave him the maximum allowed for the primary and general elections, $5,600, in September.
McConnell said he would work in “total coordination” with the White House on impeachment tactics before the trial started, which prompted backlash from Senate Democrats and a crucial Republican. The Republican-led Senate is expected to acquit Trump on charges that he abused the presidency by withholding aid from Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into his political opponents.
Former national security adviser John Bolton recently wrote a manuscript detailing revelations that may cause some Republicans to join Democrats in calling for witnesses to testify.
Starr also gave $2,700 to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in 2017.
One of Trump’s personal attorneys, Jay Sekulow, gave financial support to several Republican senators over the last two decades, including Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Thune (R-S.D.). Like others on Trump’s team including Ray, White House counsel Pat Cipollone and deputy White House counsel Patrick Philbin, Sekulow gave thousands to Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential campaign.
Republican senators have reportedly been warned to acquit Trump or face retribution.