Former President Donald Trump has announced the formation of a legal defense team. With the dates of Mr. Trump’s senate impeachment trial approaching near on February 9, a defense team is finally in place.
Lawyers who were about to represent Mr. Trump earlier in the senate trial have parted ways with him. Within 24 hours of this incident, Mr. Trump’s office has confirmed that a legal team is selected to represent former President Donald Trump in the senate impeachment case set to begin on the 8th of this month.
A Legal Defence Team For Trump’s Senate Impeachment Trial
Mr. Trump’s office stated that Bruce L. Castor Jr. and Lawyer David Schoen will be representing Mr. Trump in the senate.
David Schoen is a federal criminal defense and civil rights lawyer. Schoen has made many Fox news appearances as a legal expert. He has represented Mr. Trump’s associate Roger Stone against lying to congress, tampering witness in a Robert Muller’s Russia case probe. Stone was a friend to the convicted sex-offender, Jefferey Epstein.
In a statement given to Atlanta Jewish Times, Schoen said that he had represented all sorts of reputed mobster figures, from the alleged head of the Russian mafia to two Italian bosses and even an Israeli mafia. He even represented a guy the government claimed was the biggest mafioso in the world.
Bruce L. Castor Jr. is a lawyer and retired republican politician from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Castor is mostly known for declining to prosecute Bill Cosby in 2005 on the grounds of lack of evidence. Bill Cosby has sexual assault charges against him. At that time, Castor was serving as the district attorney in Pennsylvania.
Castor has once represented former professional basketball player Marko Jaric of the Memphis Grizzlies. He was acquitted of the sexual assault charges later.
The news came after the disclosure that South Carolina attorney Butch Bowers, who was expected to be the lead attorney, and Deborah Barbier have stepped out of the legal team. Trump adviser Jason Miller confirmed the parting of ways on Saturday night, stating that it is a mutual decision.
Mr. Trump gave a statement on Sunday that the newly appointed lawyers trust that the case against him is unconstitutional. He exclaimed that the new lawyers are going to bring national profiles, given that they have significant trial experience in many high-profile cases in the past.
On Saturday, CNN was the first to report the news of Trump’s legal team’s shaking. CNN reported the departure of five of the attorneys from Mr. Trump’s legal team.
The impeachment of former president Donald Trump was done on January 13 this year. The charges made on Mr. Trump are related to “incitement of insurrection.” One week prior to the impeachment order, Mr. Trump, in a speech, has asked his followers to “fight like hell” in an attempt to stop congress from counting the electoral votes.
The speech has encouraged many Trump supporters. They stormed the US Capitol after the speech that resulted in the fleeing of the US lawmakers. The incident has delayed the electoral vote counts for about 6 hours. Five people are reported to have lost their lives in the struggle.
Rudy Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s attorney, has been a public figure throughout Mr. Trump’s futile efforts to overturn election results. Since he was present during the rally in which Mr. Trump delivered the inciting statement, he could not be a part of the legal team, clarified Giuliani.
On January 18, Giuliani told CBS News that he can be an eye-witness for the case to progress. Being on the legal team, legal ethics will not permit him to represent Mr. Trump as a trial counsel in the impeachment trial.
Many star players in Mr. Trump’s team are not a part of the legal team. Jay Sekulow, former White House counsel Pat Cipollone will not participate in the impeachment trial.