Five Lawyers Reportedly Leave Trump Impeachment Trial Team

Five Lawyers Reportedly Leave Trump Impeachment Trial Team”

While Republicans in Washington had seemed eager to part ways with Trump after the deadly events of January 6, they have since eased off of their criticism, tired of angering the former president's loyal voter base.

Five of former U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team attorneys have stepped aside a little more than a week before his Senate trial is set to begin, according to people familiar with the case, amid a disagreement over his legal strategy. The lawyers had planned to argue the constitutionality of holding a trial given Trump is now a former president.

Republicans and Trump aides have made clear that they intend to make a simple argument in the trial: Trump's trial is unconstitutional because he is no longer office.

A source close to the former president described the change as a "mutual decision" between the parties.

It leaves Trump's defense team in turmoil as he prepares for a trial starting on February 9 to consider an article of impeachment passed by the House of Representatives charging Trump with inciting the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by his followers. The insurrection, which took place January 6, was preceded by a Trump rally when he told his followers to head to the Capitol and repeatedly said they should fight for him.

"We have done much work, but have not made a final decision on our legal team, which will be made shortly", Miller said in the statement. Two-thirds of the Senate - or 67 senators - would need to vote to convict Trump to be successful.

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Sources believe there will be another round of additions to the team in the coming days though the process is nowhere near finalized with just over a week to go.

Trump is set to stand trial on the week of February 8 on a charge that he incited the riot inside the US Capitol.

CNN's Gloria Bolger, while reporting the story, said Brooks and Barbier were not a good fit for the Trump defense effort. As the lead attorney, Bowers assembled the team. She noted that the attorneys were "hired with fanfare" - but that Bowers was "noticeably muted for someone leading a Trump defense, choosing not to talk to most reporters".

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., first announced Bowers' hiring, reports Politico.

Ex-Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller tweeted that the legal team hadn't yet been finalized.

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