“Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike,” a Trump ally said Republican senators were warned
President Donald Trump was accused of “jury tampering” after he reportedly threatened Republican senators not to vote to remove him from office in his impeachment trial.
A Trump confidant told CBS News that Republican senators were warned: “Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike.”
In opening statements, House managers examined the debunked conspiracy theories invoked by Pres. Trump.
A @POTUS confidant tells CBS News that GOP senators were warned: “vote against the president & your head will be on a pike.”
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) January 23, 2020
Trump, who has been repeatedly accused of witness tampering in the impeachment probe, former special counsel Bob Mueller’s investigation and more, was also accused of trying to “bribe” vulnerable Republican senators with big-money fundraising appeals ahead of the trial.
And Trump’s efforts to shore up support from Senate jurors ahead of the vote on whether to remove him from office seem fall under the definition of jury tampering.
Jury tampering is defined as “attempting to influence a jury through any means other than presenting evidence and argument in court, such as conversations about the case outside the court, offering bribes, making threats or asking acquaintances to exert their influence on a juror” according to Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.