Published: Sun, January 31, 2021
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Trump's Top Impeachment Lawyers Leave Team Days Before Trial

Trump's Top Impeachment Lawyers Leave Team Days Before Trial

He also acknowledged plans to defend Trump in a federal court filing on Wednesday, where he will ask a judge to delay some proceedings because he had "accepted a position on the defense team handling the pending impeachment trial", Howard wrote in the filing. The source described the move as a "mutual decision".

Trump had wanted the attorneys to argue there was mass election fraud, and fell out with the lawyers who wanted to focus on the legality of convicting a president after he's left office, according to CNN sources.

That's according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday.

New additions to the legal team are expected to be announced in a day or two.

With Mr Trump impeached for an unprecedented second time, and the Senate girding for his trial, it was unclear how much political clout he would retain beyond his presidency.

"Today, President Trump committed to helping elect Republicans in the House and Senate in 2022", Mr McCarthy said in a statement that also attacked Democrats for "impeaching a president who is now a private citizen".

Trump had been impeached by the House for helping insight the insurrection on the Capitol on January 6.

Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, both SC lawyers, left the defense team in what one person described as a "mutual decision" that reflected a difference of opinion on the direction of the case.

Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, two SC attorneys, are not part of the team of lawyers who will defend Trump, said Jason Miller, a political adviser to the former president.

He is set to stand trial the week of February 8 on a charge that he incited his supporters to storm Congress before President Joe Biden´s inauguration in an attempt to halt the peaceful transition of power.

Earlier on Saturday, Politico reported that SC lawyers Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier were no longer working for the former United States president. A group of Republican Senators voted to signify that they consider it unconstitutional to try a president who has left office.

It was unclear who would now represent the former president at the trial.

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