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President Trump announces new legal defense team for impeachment trial

President Trump announces new legal defense team for impeachment trial”

Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives for a record second time on January 13 in a 232-197 vote charging him with inciting an insurrection a week earlier when his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building in an effort to stop the certification of President Joe Biden's election win.

The two lawyers former president Donald Trump has hired to defend him in his Senate impeachment trial are confident, tough and media-honed criminal case experts who could liven up what is already set to be a nationally televised spectacle.

Republican Senator Rob Portman, who last week said he would not seek re-election amid the nation's deep political divisions, signalled that it would not help Trump if his defence is simply reasserting the former president's unfounded claims of election fraud.

Now some originalist lawyers argue that Trump should not be impeached either because he did nothing wrong, or because impeachment can only be justified if the president commits a crime.

Trump's deadline to respond to the impeachment charges is Tuesday local time (Wednesday in Australia).

Neither Schoen nor Castor returned phone messages seeking comment Sunday evening.

Bruce L. Castor Jr. and former President Donald Trump.

One person familiar with their thinking said Bowers and another SC lawyer, Deborah Barbier, left the team because Trump wanted them to use a defense that relied on allegations of election fraud, and the lawyers were not willing to do so. Pearson said Bowers did not tell him specifics of the case because of attorney-client privilege.

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David Schoen and Bruce L Castor are set to defend the former president on a charge of inciting an insurrection after last month's Capitol riots.

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A person familiar with the House strategy, also speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe internal preparations, said the brief will probably be divided into two parts.

Trump's response to the charge likely will indicate whether he will continue to argue without merit that he lost the presidential election because of widespread voter fraud. In a Georgia speech two days before the assault on the Capitol, Trump said, "We're going to take what they did to us on November 3".

For the past four years, Senator Bernie Sanders has been calling Trump "the most unsafe president in history". "They want her to be the definition of what a Republican is", she said.

Despite this late-stage development, it seems that Trump may manage to escape conviction at the hands of the US Senate, with his trial due to begin on February 9.

In an interview with the Atlanta Jewish Times past year, Schoen said he had also been approached by Trump associate Roger Stone before Stone's trial about being part of the team and that he was was later retained to handle his appeal.

This would suggest it is highly unlikely that Mr Trump will be impeached as 17 Republicans would need to vote in favour to achieve the legally required two thirds majority for a conviction.



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