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 GrahamDemocratic group plans mobile billboard targeting Collins on impeachment Paul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump Roberts sworn in to preside over Trump impeachment trial MORE (R-S.C.) on Thursday warned President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president 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 RatcliffeTrump's legal team gets set for impeachment trial Five lingering questions as impeachment heads to Senate Graham: Not 'wise' for House Republicans to serve on Trump trial team MORE (R-Texas) or Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTrump's legal team gets set for impeachment trial Five lingering questions as impeachment heads to Senate Graham: Not 'wise' for House Republicans to serve on Trump trial team MORE (R-Ohio), to his legal team for the Senate trial.

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Senators are waiting for House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon Hillicon Valley: FBI to now notify state officials of cyber breaches | Pelosi rips 'shameful' Facebook | 5G group beefs up lobby team | Spotify unveils playlists for pets Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' 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 McConnellPoll shows Collins displaces McConnell as most unpopular senator Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' Trump says impeachment trial should move 'very quickly' 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.