Trump Names New Lead Lawyers for Impeachment Defense Team

Former President Donald Trump on Jan. 31 named two attorneys who will lead his impeachment defense legal team.The two lawyers who will represent the former president in next week’s Senate trial are David Schoen, an attorney from Alabama, and Bruce Castor Jr., a former prosecutor in Pennsylvania.The announcement follows media reports citing anonymous sources that said a group of attorneys from South Carolina were no longer participating in the defense.South Carolina-based lawyer Butch Bowers had previously been tapped to lead the president’s legal team but parted ways over differing opinions on the direction of the defense arguments, the reports said. Other lawyers on the team who also reportedly exited were Deborah Barbier and former federal prosecutors Greg Harris, Johnny Gasser, and Josh Howard.The lawyers didn’t immediately respond to requests by The Epoch Times to confirm their departures.Jason Miller, a Trump adviser, confirmed the reports of a reshuffle on Jan. 30, saying that the “final decision on our legal team” hadn’t yet been made.On Jan. 31, Trump’s office released a statement saying that Schoen and Castor would be leading the team, and that Schoen had already been working with Trump and other advisers in preparing for the trial.“It is an honor to represent the 45th President, Donald J. Trump, and the United States Constitution,” Schoen said in the statement.

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