According to a media report, two South Carolina lawyers, Butch Bowers and Deborah Barberi are no longer on Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team.
Former US President Donald Trump on Sunday announced two new lawyers to lead his impeachment defense team, a day after he parted ways with his prior counsel. Defense lawyer David Schoen, a frequent television legal commentator, and Bruce Castor, a former district attorney in Pennsylvania are the two who will lead the defense impeachment team in the trial set to begin on February 9.
Both lawyers issued statements through Trump’s office stating that they were honored to take the job.
According to Trump’s office, Schoen had already been assisting Trump and advisers to prepare for the proceeding. He has also represented Trump’s former adviser Roger Stone, who was convicted in November 2019 of lying under oath to lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump pardoned Stone in December, weeks before leaving the office.
Castor said: “The strength of our Constitution is about to be tested like never before in our history. It is strong and resilient. A document written for the ages, and it will triumph over partisanship yet again, and always.”
Castor served as district attorney for Montgomery County, outside of Philadelphia from 2000 to 2008. He is known for his decision not to prosecute entertainer Bill Cosby in 2005 after a woman accused Cosby of sexual assault. Currently, Castor is serving a three-to-10-year sentence in a state prison near Philadelphia after being found guilty in a 2018 trial of drugging and raping a one time friend at his home in 2004.
According to Reuters, a source informed that Butch Bowers and Deborah Barberi, two South Carolina lawyers, are no longer on Trump’s team. The source also said that their departure was a “mutual decision.”
Trump is the first president in the history of the United States to be impeached twice. The US Senate will consider an article of impeachment passed by the House of Representatives on January 13 on a charge that Trump incited the January 6 storming of the US Capitol by his followers, a rampage that left five people dead. On Tuesday, Trump is due to file a response to the impeachment charges.
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