Report: Trump’s Legal Team Donated Thousands To GOP Senators Before Impeachment
President Trump’s legal team made several campaign contributions to GOP senators overseeing the impeachment trial, according to Salon.
According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics (CFPR), former independent counsels Ken Starr and Robert Ray, who both investigated former President Bill Clinton ahead of his impeachment, contributed thousands of dollars to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last year.
Starr gave $2,800 to McConnell in July 2019 while Ray contributed the maximum of $5,600 to McConnell in September 2019.
The contributions came months before McConnell revealed to Fox News host Sean Hannity that he would be in “total coordination with the White House counsel’s office and the people who are representing the president in the well of the Senate.”
“Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with the White House counsel,” he said. “There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this.”
Starr also contributed $2,700 to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in 2017. Graham previously pushed for his colleagues to dismiss the impeachment charges against Trump without a trial.
Jay Sekulow, Trump’s personal attorney, has contributed to multiple Republcian senators over the last two decades, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. John Thune of South Dakota.
Trump has been accused of threatening Republicans after a Trump confidant told CBS News that senators were warned: “vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike.”
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who is a member of Trump’s defense team, confirmed that any senator who votes against Trump may “face political repercussions.”
“I mean listen, I don’t want to speak for my Senate colleagues. But there are always political repercussions for every vote you take,” Meadows said. “There is no vote that is higher profile than this.”