Former President Donald J. Trump on Sunday appointed two attorneys to represent him in his upcoming Senate impeachment trial, a day after his split from five members of his original team.
David Schoen, a Georgia-based attorney who represented longtime Trump adviser Roger J. Stone Jr., and Bruce Castor, a former Pennsylvania prosecutor, were announced in a press release from Mr. Trump’s office.
Notably, Schoen has already worked with the 45th president and other advisers to prepare for the upcoming trial, and Schoen and Castor agree this impeachment is unconstitutional – a fact 45 senators voted in line with last week, “says the press release. .
Lawyers will be deployed immediately: Mr. Trump is due to file a response to the House charges by Tuesday, and the trial is expected to begin next week. The announcement came a day after Mr. Trump parted ways with his senior attorney, Butch Bowers, a South Carolina-based attorney whom Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina helped bring to the Trump team, and four other lawyers who were supposed to do it. work on defense.
One person familiar with the ruling called it “mutual,” and others have said there is no chemistry between Mr. Trump and Mr. Bowers, a quality Mr. Trump values in his lawyers. Mr. Bowers has also maintained a low-key appearance in the press, while Mr. Trump prefers people who will go on TV and defend him.
There was also never a signed letter of intent between Mr. Trump and the lawyers who left, and the former president told advisers he wanted the defense to focus on his baseless claims about electoral fraud, said a person familiar with the discussions. A person close to Mr Trump disputed that was the case, but admitted that Mr Trump disdainfully said the deal was so simple that he could try it out himself and save money .
Mr. Trump has struggled to find – or retain – lawyers to defend him in the various investigations concerning him since taking office.
Mr. Castor is famous for refusing to prosecute disgraced artist Bill Cosby while he was a district attorney for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in 2005. He also served briefly as Acting Attorney General of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Schoen has represented a wide range of clients, from mobsters and politicians to Mr. Stone.
In an interview with the Atlanta Jewish Times in September, Mr. Schoen said of his case: “I have represented all kinds of high-profile gangster figures: alleged Russian mafia boss in this country, Israeli mafia and two bosses. Italians, as well as a guy in the government claimed he was the biggest mafioso in the world.
Mr. Trump’s office press release describes him as “the 45th President Donald J. Trump” as opposed to “the former president”, a notable choice given Mr. Trump’s repeated refusal to concede.