A spokesperson for Donald Trump on Sunday announced lawyers David Schoen and Bruce Castor will lead his impeachment defense team.
Trump praised Schoen and Castor for having “significant trial experience in high profile cases.”
Saturday night it was reported that five of Trump’s lawyers have left the impeachment defense team with just over a week to go before the senate trial.
According to CNN, two lead lawyers and three other attorneys left Trump’s defense team over a disagreement on legal strategy.
David Schoen represented Roger Stone and Bruce Castor served as the DA for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Trump’s new impeachment lawyer David Schoen also represented Roger Stone in Stone’s sentencing and appeal.
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“I consider it a privilege to represent the 45th President,” Castor wrote. “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.”
Just days after five members of former President Trump’s impeachment legal team quit over a disagreement on strategy, two new lawyers — David Schoen and Bruce Castor Jr. — have been added to the roster.
The pair are expected to take the lead when Trump’s impeachment trial begins on February 8.
Castor served as the District Attorney of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, from 2002 to 2008. In 2005, Castor declined to prosecute Bill Cosby for the sexual assault of Andrea Constand.
Former President Donald Trump on Sunday announced a new legal defense team after he parted ways with five of his impeachment lawyers just over a week before his Senate trial is set to begin, Fox News has confirmed.
South Carolina lawyers Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier and former federal prosecutors Greg Harris, Johnny Gasser and Josh Howard had left the defense team by Saturday, a source said, calling it a mutual decision.
The source said the lawyers left over a difference of opinion on the direction of the defense’s argument.
Another anonymous source told the Associated Press Bowers and Barbier left because Trump wanted them to make election fraud allegations during the trial.
Trump will now be represented by trial lawyers David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor, Jr.
The changes come with little time before the former president faces charges that he incited the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, leaving the exact members of his defense team and their approach up in the air at a crucial moment.
Trump was all but certain to be acquitted, however, because 45 out of 50 Republicans in the Senate voted earlier this month to dismiss the trial on a point of order brought forward by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
The remaining five Republicans voted with Democrats to end debate on Paul’s motion that argued Trump’s impeachment trial is unconstitutional because he’s no longer in office.