Donald Trump Hires Two New Lawyers to His Impeachment Legal Defense Team
Former President Donald Trump has brought on two new lawyers to his impeachment legal defense team after at least two attorneys from his legal team quit.
According to the Associated Press, the two new attorneys are defense lawyer David Schoen and Bruce Castor, a former district attorney in Pennsylvania.
“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,” said Castor, who served as district attorney for Montgomery County, outside of Philadelphia, from 2000 to 2008.
Castor was also the district attorney who decided not to charge actor Bill Cosby for sex crimes.
Newsweek reports that Schoen represented Roger Stone in an appeal case and said he doesn’t believe financier and alleged pedophile Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide because he met with him just days before the incident.
Schoen said it was an "honor to represent the 45th President, Donald J. Trump, and the United States Constitution."
In the announcement, Trump called Castor and Schoen “highly respected trial lawyers.”
Trump’s impeachment trial is just over a week away where he will face charges that he incited the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol in January.
According to a source who talked to the Associated Press, over the weekend, attorneys Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier left Trump’s legal team because Trump wanted them to use his claims of election fraud as part of his defense.
Trump supporters have said the impeachment trial is unconstitutional because he is no longer in office.
“The Democrats’ efforts to impeach a president who has already left office is totally unconstitutional and so bad for our country,” Trump adviser Jason Miller has said.
However, some legal experts have said Trump can still face impeachment out of office because state constitutions with impeachment predate the U.S. Constitution and allowed impeachment for officials who had left office. Also, the U.S. Constitution does not specifically forbid an impeachment trial for an official who is no longer in office.
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.