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I recently heard, then read the following:
“On Thursday, the White House hosted a group of GOP senators, including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz of Texas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and John Kennedy of Louisiana, according to congressional aides. An aide also confirmed that in addition to Cipollone, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway attended the meeting. The group discussed how a Senate trial could begin and how soon it could be dismissed.”
This brought to mind the following chain of thought:
If the trial is in the Senate and the senators are the jurors, isn’t meeting with members of the Senate to plot or plan the best way to handle the trial effectively jury tampering? Wouldn’t that disqualify those jurors and necessitate their removal or that they recuse themselves from being the objective finders of fact this trial requires?
I know I tend think too much about the details. My boss at Merrill Lynch used to call it paralysis by analysis. But with this pending impeachment and then trial in the U.S. Senate dominating so much of the social networks and media’s airtime, it’s impossible not to notice large details like this. Does this feels like classic jury tampering?
Colin R. Leisy