Former President Trump has not made a final decision on his legal team just days after the impeachment trial began, his advisor Jason Miller said on Saturday that he lost two key defense lawyers after it emerged.
why it matters: Trump’s Senate trial is scheduled to begin in February. 8. It is unclear who will now take South Carolina’s lawyers Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier have left the team. Several other attorneys also reportedly are not with the Trump legal team.
Description: Former South Carolina federal prosecutors Greg Harris and Johnny Gasser, who were previously announced to protect Trump’s impeachment, will no longer be part of the legal team, according to AP.
- North Carolina lawyer Josh Howard, “who was reported as being involved in the effort, but who was not publicly confirmed by Trump advisers, is also not on the team,” notes The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman.
- “Trump wanted lawyers to argue that the mass election was fraudulent and that it was stolen from them instead of paying attention to the proposed arguments about constitutionalism,” CNN tweeted Kathlan Collins, Who first reported on Bowers and Barbier and also reported on Howard.
What they are saying The decision on Bowers and Barbier was mutual, a Trump adviser told news outlets.
- Miller said in a statement The Democrats’ attempt to step down as president, who has already stepped down, is “completely unconstitutional” and “very bad for our country.”
- “In fact, 45 senators have already voted which is unconstitutional,” he said. “We have done a lot of work, but have not taken a final decision on our legal team, which will be made shortly.”
Of comment: Trump was impeached earlier this month before “inciting rebellion” over the US capital riots, becoming the only president in history to bring impeachment twice.
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Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with new details.