Donald Trump splits with impeachment lawyers one week before trial

Donald Trump splits with impeachment lawyers one week before trial

The decision by Bowers, Barbier, and Howard to not join the team raised immediate questions, both about what compelled them to part ways and who actually will play the role of lawyer to Trump when the impeachment trial starts in early February.

A source close to the former president described the change as a "mutual decision" between the parties.

CNN identified the departed lawyers as Butch Bowers, Deborah Barbier, Johnny Gasser, and Greg Harris of SC, and Josh Howard of North Carolina.

"The person familiar with the situation said there was no chemistry between Bowers and Trump", Haberman added.

It leaves Trump's defense team in turmoil as he prepares for a trial starting on February 9 to consider an article of impeachment passed by the House of Representatives charging Trump with inciting the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by his followers. "In fact, 45 Senators have already voted that it is unconstitutional".

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In a statement, Trump spokesperson Jason Miller did not address the uncertainty around the legal team but, rather, railed against impeachment itself, noting that the vast majority of Senate Republicans voted that convicting a former president is an unconstitutional act - a conclusion with which legal scholars disagree.

Trump has struggled to find attorneys willing to defend him after becoming the first president in history to be impeached twice.

Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, two SC attorneys, are not part of the team of lawyers who will defend Trump, said Jason Miller, a political adviser to the former president.

Earlier on Saturday, Politico reported that SC lawyers Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier were no longer working for the former U.S. president.

All five of the impeachment lawyers who were expected to represent former President Donald Trump have called it quits, sources told ABC News. But several Republicans, following polling showing strong party support for Mr Trump, have recently signalled that they will remain in his orbit - or at least not publicly break with him.

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