Donald Trump's legal team quits a week before his second impeachment trial

Donald Trump's legal team quits a week before his second impeachment trial

House impeachment managers, meanwhile, will file written arguments Tuesday outlining their case against Trump.

David Schoen, who operates a criminal defence practice based in Alabama, and Bruce Castor, a former Philadelphia-area district attorney, will replace lawyers Butch Bowers and Deborah Barberi, Mr Trump's office said. The president's advisers believe that raising the fraud claims would put off too many Republican senators, one of the people said.

The article of impeachment was passed by the Democratic-led House on January 13 and charged Mr Trump with inciting insurrection in his speech to supporters before rioters stormed the Capitol. Five people died in the chaos.

A conviction could lead to a second vote banning Trump from holding public office again.

The House's brief is the first of several legal filings ahead of the start of the trial on February 9.

Following the riot on Capitol Hill, stunned Republicans struggled over how to respond to Trump's role and his failure to try to quell the violence as it was unfolding.

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union" program, Senator Rob Portman urged his fellow Republicans in the House not to rebuke Mr Cheney. It calls Trump's actions a "betrayal of historic proportions". He was acquitted at a Senate trial previous year over his contacts with his Ukrainian counterpart, but was acquitted by the Senate.

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The Democrats drew heavily on the words of prominent Republicans who have criticized the former president.

The managers, led by Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, argue that Trump is "singularly responsible" for the riot that overran the Capitol on January 6, damaged the historic building and left five people dead. Trump pardoned Stone in December.

Castor, a Republican who was the elected district attorney of Pennsylvania's third-most populated county, decided against charging Cosby in a 2004 sexual encounter. In 2017, he sued Cosby's accuser in the case for defamation, claiming she destroyed his political career in retaliation.

The defense team also plans to argue that the impeachment proceedings were conducted inappropriately, pointing to the fact that Democrats introduced no witnesses or evidence and didn't allow Mr. Trump to have a lawyer present. He was acquitted on charges of abuse of power and obstructing Congress stemming from his attempt to pressure the president of Ukraine to investigate Biden. Mr. Miller disputed that and said, "The only defense the president has ever advocated has been that this witch hunt is unconstitutional".

Under the Constitution, the president "shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors".

Democrats, who now hold a razor-thin majority in the Senate, will have more say over how this trial will be conducted.

Republican leaders also may have to decide whether to take any action regarding first- term Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who had expressed support for executing Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before she was elected.

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