Graham: Not 'wise' for House Republicans to serve on Trump trial team

Graham: Not 'wise' for House Republicans to serve on Trump trial team
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham asks colleagues to support call for China to close wet markets Justice IG pours fuel on looming fight over FISA court Trump says he's considering restricting travel to coronavirus 'hot spots' MORE (R-S.C.) on Thursday warned President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report MORE against putting House Republican lawmakers on his legal team for the Senate's impeachment trial.

"I don't think it's wise. I think we need to elevate the argument beyond body politics, beyond party politics and talk about the constitutional problems with these two articles," Graham told reporters.

Graham's comments come amid reports that Trump is considering adding GOP allies, including Reps. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeGOP presses for swift Ratcliffe confirmation to intel post Acting director of National Counterterrorism Center fired: report Acting director of national intelligence begins hiring freeze: reports MORE (R-Texas) or Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTop conservatives pen letter to Trump with concerns on fourth coronavirus relief bill Justice IG pours fuel on looming fight over FISA court The relief bill and public broadcasting: A missed opportunity MORE (R-Ohio), to his legal team for the Senate trial.

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Senators are waiting for House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor Pelosi, Democrats using coronavirus to push for big tax cuts for blue state residents US watchdog vows 'aggressive' oversight after intel official fired MORE (D-Calif.) to send the two articles of impeachment to the Senate. Lawmakers believe she could do so as soon as this week, though she has not publicly tipped her hand about her thinking on a timeline.

Talk about adding Republican lawmakers to Trump's impeachment team comes as Senate Republicans have largely stuck with coordinating with White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who is expected to lead the president's legal team during a Senate trial.

Cipollone has met with both the Senate Republican Conference and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor Progressive group knocks McConnell for talking judicial picks during coronavirus Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill MORE (R-Ky.).

McConnell pledged last month after a meeting with Cipollone that they would be "total coordination" with the White House lawyer.

"Everything I do during this I'm coordinating with the White House counsel. There will be no difference between the president's position and our position as to how to handle this," McConnell told Fox News at the time.