As former President Donald Trump has spent the past two weeks preparing for his upcoming Senate impeachment trial, his camp had a bit of a bump in the road on Friday as it was announced that his original legal defense team simultaneously quit, reportedly over disagreements with what the defense should be focused on to avoid a conviction.
However, as anyone reading this knows, Mr. Trump always has an ace up his sleeve in virtually any situation he encounters.
That’s why it’s no surprise that, according to the Washington Examiner, Trump has already hired a new legal team to replace the old and it sounds like they’re primed and ready to mount a concrete defense in the face of a Senate filled with anti-Trump Democrats (and some Republicans).
On Sunday, it was announced via statement that David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor, Jr will be taking lead roles in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial.
“Both Schoen and Castor agree that this impeachment is unconstitutional – a fact 45 Senators voted in agreement with last week,” the statement read.
“I consider it a privilege to represent the 45th President,” Castor said of his new mission. “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.”
Both attorneys have impressive resumes, with Schoen having some 30 years of criminal and civil defense experience in a number of states. Castor was former the district attorney for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, which covers the large suburban area around Philadelphia. He was also acting attorney general of Pennsylvania for a short period of time.
The two lawyers, along with a healthy cadre of supporting attorneys and advisers, will attempt to prove in the Senate trial that the trial is unconstitutional, meaning that the “incitement of insurrection” article of impeachment is invalid, at best.
It’s still unclear how Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell will vote in the trial, as he’s sent mixed signals over the past two weeks that he could go either way. He stated most recently that he’s ready to listen to the evidence, so hopefully Trump’s attorneys can convince the RINO that this entire debacle was nothing more than a knee-jerk reaction by House Democrats following the January 6 Capitol riots.
Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier were part of the five lawyers who quit on the president last week, but it was reported that the decision was “mutual.” The reports also suggested that Trump wanted to focus on the election fraud aspect during the trial while the lawyers wanted to dial in on the unconstitutionality of the trial itself, which now appears to be the legal strategy that the new lawyers are going with.
It wouldn’t be shocking if Trump and his new team are purposely baiting the media at this point in order to keep Democrats in the House and Senate confused until the trial actually begins.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org