Republican Senator Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Wednesday that he spoke with Donald Trump Tuesday evening and assured him he will be acquitted on the charge of inciting the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol.
Graham’s remarks came as mounting evidence show the former president was directly behind the violent siege and despite the Trump legal team’s disastrous opening statements.
“I think his team will do better, can do better,” Graham told reporters, summarizing his conversation with Trump, according to The Hill. “I reinforced to the president, the case is over. It’s just a matter of getting the final verdict now.”
Graham, one Trump’s top apologists, made his confident prediction after 44 Republican senators, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), voted against proceeding with a trial that Trump’s defense team argued was unconstitutional.
Graham said Trump didn’t appear to be frustrated with the opening arguments, even though CNN reported Tuesday that he was close to screaming at the television while watching his lawyer Bruce Castor deliver a meandering opening statement.
“We mostly talked about the vote,” Graham said of his conversation with Trump. “And I said we had 44 people saying it’s not constitutional.”