Trump names 2 attorneys to lead impeachment defense

Wednesday, 03 Feb, 2021

Some of the lawyers of former US President Donald Trump have reportedly jumped ship and abandoned his legal team ahead of his second impeachment trial.

The US Senate will consider an article of impeachment passed by the House of Representatives on Jan.13 charging Trump with inciting the January 6 storming of the US Capitol by his followers, a rampage that left five people dead.

The announcement comes a day after five Trump lawyers left the U.S. millionaire team, iFollowing disagreements over the direction of the lawsuit, CNN pointed to Saturday, including Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, who cited anonymous sources.

The Democratic-led House voted on January 13 to impeach Trump, with 10 Republicans voting in favor, on a charge of inciting a insurrection for his incendiary speech to supporters before the January 6 U.S. Capitol siege.

As reported by NPR, it's been confirmed that David Schoen and Bruce Castor Jr. will head up the new legal team. Trump adviser Jason Miller said, "The Democrats' efforts to impeach a president who has already left office is totally unconstitutional and so bad for our country".

Last month, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the United States Senate would begin the impeachment trial of former president Trump on February 8.

Trump's trial will be the first for a president not now in office. While the former president mentioned fraud, he did not insist that it be part of the defense, Schoen said.

The two attorneys will face prosecutors ― Democrats from the House of Representatives ― arguing the single charge of "incitement of insurrection".

But with just five Republicans joining all 50 Democrats this week in agreeing that the trial should go forward, it appears unlikely that 17 Republicans would vote against Trump, the minimum number needed to reach the two-thirds threshold for conviction. Lindsey Graham. But that team unraveled over the weekend due to differences over legal strategy. "In other words, do court-like rules imply in a Senate impeachment trial?" However, it is widely agreed one of the main reasons for the impeachment being pursued is that if found guilty, it would likely prevent him from running for office again, and derail any 2024 Presidential bid. Will they join Mitt Romney and save the party's future, or remain subdued by Trumpian terror, which at the end of day offers more of the same chaos?

When multiple allegations of sexual assault were raised against Cosby, Mr. Castor as district attorney entered into a non-prosecution agreement with the comedian in 2005 in exchange for his testimony in a related civil lawsuit.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky also put blame on Trump, saying on the Senate floor that "the mob was fed lies" before the rioters stormed the Capitol.

While Portman said Trump's behavior had been "inexcusable", he added, "Well, it can be inexcusable, and yet not be subject to a conviction after a president has left office".