Donald Trump announced a new legal team late Sunday, eight days before his Senate impeachment trial, after his entire team of attorneys — Butch Bowers, Deborah Barbier, Johnny Gasser, Greg Harris, and Josh Howard — quit.
CNN reports: “A person familiar with the departures told CNN that Trump wanted the attorneys to argue there was mass election fraud and that the election was stolen from him rather than focus on the legality of convicting a president after he’s left office. Trump was not receptive to the discussions about how they should proceed in that regard.”
Said Trump adviser Jason Miller to CNN ahead of the announcement: “The Democrats’ efforts to impeach a president who has already left office is totally unconstitutional and so bad for our country. In fact, 45 Senators have already voted that it is unconstitutional.”
The new team will be led by lawyers David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor Jr.
The Hill reports: “Schoen, a federal criminal defense lawyer, called it ‘an honor’ to represent Trump ‘and the United States Constitution’ in a press release. Castor, the former acting attorney general in Pennsylvania, similarly labeled his joining the team ‘a privilege.'”