Former President Donald Trump yesterday named a new legal team that shall defend him in the impeachment trial, that is set to start next week, politico reported.
Trump, whose presidency was marked by frequent changes of advisers and attorneys, needed new counsel, with his impeachment lawyers walking away on Saturday, including Butch Bowers, who was to be the head counsel for the trial that is set to start on 9th February. According to reports, Trump wanted his attorneys to focus their defense on baseless assertion that the election had been stolen from him, rather than the events of 6th January.
Former President Donald Trump Names New Legal Team To Defend Him In Impeachment Trial
According to a statement from Trump’s office, the new team would be led by David Schoen and Bruce L Castor Jr. Trump said, the two would bring significant trial experience and national profiles in high-profile cases to the effort.
Castor was quoted as saying in Trump’s statement that the strength of the US Constitution was about to be tested like never before in history. He added it was strong and resilient. A document written for the ages, it would triumph over partisanship yet again and always.
Former Trump campaign Ted Goodman would also be joining the team. He would be assisting with communications and Capitol Hill outreach, politico quoted a person familiar with the matter, as saying.
An article of impeachment against Trump was approved by the House on 13 January, seven days before he left office following the 6 January insurrection at the Capitol, which left five people dead. Trump left office a week later, but the Senate declined to take up that article ahead of his departure. Also, most of the 50 Republicans have claimed that an impeachment trial for a president who is no longer president would not be constitutional.
With 50-50 division of the Senate along partisan lines, commentators maintain it was unlikely that Trump would be convicted. Among other things a conviction would bar him from seeking the presidency again.
Schoen, who is known as “a seasoned trial attorney,” recently represented Trump associate Roger Stone in a sentencing appeal. He joined the case in April 2020.
Also appearing in an investigative documentary called, “Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein?” he said, he believed the financier-pedophile had been murdered in prison in August 2019. Schoen told the Atlanta Jewish Times that he had met with Epstein days before he died. Schoen has long experience of defending clients in high-profile criminal cases, which includes figures from organized crime.
Castor, the former district attorney for Montgomery County, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia, had tried a number of high-profile homicide cases. In 2005, however, he declined to prosecute actor-comedian Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges. He came under sharp criticism after leaving the DA’s office when dozens of other women accused Cosby, who was now in prison.
Castor later served as one of the county’s commissioners subsequent to the resignation of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Kane was was convicted of perjury and abuse of power. Castor served as the state’s acting attorney general for a brief period in 2016.
Earlier Sunday, one of Trump’s jurors said that he hoped the defense would focus on the facts of 6 January, despite other things that will cripple the case.
Senator Bill Cassidy, (R-La.) said the evidence, as he understood, would focus on the president contributed to an atmosphere where people charge the Capitol, threatening, break in, if you would, both members of Congress and Vice President [Mike] Pence. He added, that was the charge, hence, he hoped that whatever defense was put up refuted that charge.