Published: Tue, February 02, 2021

Trump's Choices for His Impeachment Lawyers Not New to Controversy

Trump's Choices for His Impeachment Lawyers Not New to Controversy

Schoen had already been working with the defence team, and both he and Castor "agree that this impeachment is unconstitutional", the statement said.

The former president has reportedly been struggling to form a defence ahead of his historic trial, facing new hurdles with just days to go.

Who are the new lead lawyers?

Schoen represented Roger Stone, a former associate of Trump who was sentenced to prison for lying to Congress during the Russian Federation probe. And it was not entirely unlikely that Trump just would not bother to put up a case at all, allowing McConnell and his other henchmen in the Senate to make his argument for him and call it a day.

Schoen met with Jeffrey Epstein in the final days of his life and says he believes the financier and accused pedophile did not kill himself. Meanwhile, lawmakers are questioning why Democrats are pushing for impeachment when President Trump is no longer in office.

In 2005, Castor decided not to prosecute disgraced actor and comedian Bill Cosby for the sexual assault of Andrea Constand.

He claimed she destroyed his reputation and political career by publicly criticising his handling of the case. Cosby was later convicted of a number of sex offenses in 2018.

Trump adviser Jason Miller said, "The Democrats' efforts to impeach a president who has already left office is totally unconstitutional and so bad for our country".

What's the next key impeachment step?

The two will lead defense against accusations that President Trump incited the violence that took place on January 6 at the Capitol Building. The former president has struggled to hire and retain attorneys willing to represent him against charges that he incited the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, which happened when a mob of loyalists stormed Congress as lawmakers met January 6 to certify Joe Biden's electoral victory.

One of Schoen's recent, high-profile clients was Trump ally Roger Stone, who he represented during a sentencing appeal last April.

Donald Trump has not yet submitted a response to the latest article of impeachment.(Reuters: Yuri Gripas)What happened to the original lawyers defending Trump?

Five lawyers in total stepped back from the team over the weekend, with Josh Howard, Johnny Gasser and Greg Harris also parting ways with Trump. Lindsey Graham, who helped Trump secure Bowers told Axios.

According to The New York Times, the former president was adamant in focussing on the election being stolen from him rather than the constitutional implications of his second impeachment.

But Trump did end up hiring two lawyers to replace the team that left on Saturday.

Schoen, a member of Beth Jacob, an Orthodox synagogue in Atlanta, was a lawyer in a 2011 lawsuit against former President Jimmy Carter that sought damages for publishing "false and misleading statements" in his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid".

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