Donald Trump has announced two new attorneys lead his impeachment defense, just a day after breaking up with his two previous top lawyers.
David Schoen and Bruce L Castor will defend the former president for inciting a rebellion following last month’s Capitol riot.
It was revealed over the weekend that Trump’s two former senior lawyers, Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, were no longer on the defense team just a week before the trial began.
Trump and his new defense team just got a day to respond to the inducement charge before a Tuesday appointment.
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Who are the new senior lawyers?
David Schoen is a federal criminal defense and civil rights attorney based in New York and Alabama.
Shoe represented Roger Stone, a former Trump employee who was sentenced to prison for lying by Congress during the Russia investigation.
Trump commuted Stone’s jail sentence in July 2020, saying he was “treated very unfairly”.
Also shoe with sex offenders Jeffrey Epstein before his death in prison, supposedly to discuss legal representation.
The former president’s office said Schön was already involved in preparing Trump’s impeachment defense.
Bruce L Castor is a former Philadelphia area district attorney who specializes in prosecuting murder cases.
Castor controversially refused to pursue the comedian Bill Cosby in 2005 for alleged sexual assault and sued Cosby’s accuser for defamation.
He alleged she had destroyed his reputation and political career by publicly criticizing his handling of the case.
83-year-old Cosby is currently in jail after being convicted of drug abuse and rape of a woman in 2004 on a trial.
In a statement by the Office of Donald J Trump, the former president said both lawyers “agreed that this impeachment is unconstitutional.”
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What is the next major impeachment step?
Trump’s deadline for replying to impeachment charges is Tuesday local time (Wednesday in Australia).
He’ll be on trial this week February 8 Because of allegations, he instigated his supporters to storm Congress before President Joe Biden’s inauguration in order to stop the peaceful transfer of power.
Trump’s trial will be the first for a president who is not currently in office.
Donald Trump has not yet submitted a response to the latest impeachment article. (Reuters: Yuri Gripas)
What happened to the original attorneys defending Trump?
South Carolina attorneys Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier have reportedly made a “mutual decision” to leave the defense team, sources told Reuters.
A total of five lawyers resigned from the team at the weekend Josh Howard, Johnny Gasser and Greg Harris also separates from Trump.
A separate source told Reuters that there were “differences” between Trump and Bowers in terms of defensive strategies for the trial.
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People familiar with the process told the New York Times that Trump was pushing his defense team to focus on his unproven claim that his election was stolen.
Who represented Trump when he was first impeached?
The team that defended the former president in his first impeachment was led by the White House attorney Pat Cipollone and Trump’s private attorney Jay Sekulow.
High profile names like the former US attorney general Ken Starr and prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz were also part of the team.
Rigid paved the way for the Democratic President Bill ClintonImpeachment in 1998.
Dershowitz was part of the former NFL player and actor’s defense team OJ Simpson ‘s murder trial in the 1990s.
He also has ties to the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein with the victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre The alleged Epstein forced her to have sex with Dershowitz in the early 2000s.
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