Former President Donald Trump is preparing for his second Senate impeachment trial, in which his team will defend him against allegations that he instigated a riot in the Capitol on Jan. 6.
However, Trump is not expected to show up himself, but rather to be defended by his legal defense team.
Trump recently announced two attorneys who will defend him in the closely watched trial.
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Who are the lawyers defending Trump?
The first is David Schoen. Schoen is a litigator focused on Alabama civil rights litigation and federal criminal defense work – including business litigation. He chairs the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the Civil Rights Litigation Committee. He is also a frequent television commentator on legal matters.
“It is an honor to represent 45th President Donald J. Trump and the United States Constitution,” Schön said in a statement announcing his appointment.
The second is Bruce Castor, a former Montgomery County, Pennsylvania district attorney. He was also the attorney general and acting attorney general for the state. After leaving his position as prosecutor in 2008, he was elected Commissioner of Montgomery County. A statement from the Trump team said he was focused on public safety and related issues.
“I consider it a privilege to represent the 45th President,” he said. “The strength of our constitution is being tested like never before in our history. It is strong and resilient. A document that was written for eternity and will triumph over partisanship again and again.”
The legal team was revealed days after Trump’s original attorneys left. The Associated Press reported that the team broke up due to differences in legal strategy – particularly Trump’s desire to base them on allegations of election fraud.
New legal team strikes back
On Thursday, the new legal team responded to impeachment manager Jamie Raskin’s request for the former president to testify in the Senate as part of the impeachment process, calling it a “public relations stunt”.
“We’re getting your latest PR stunt,” wrote Castor and Schoen. “As I am sure you know, there is no negative conclusion in this unconstitutional process.”
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“Your letter only confirms what is known to everyone: you cannot prove your allegations against the 45th President of the United States, who is now a private individual,” they continued.
They added, “Using our constitution to initiate alleged impeachment proceedings is far too serious to try and play these games.”
Fox News’ Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.