Trump hired South Carolina lawyer Butch Bowers for his impeachment trial set to begin on Feb. 8, according to a report in Reuters.

“Excited to announce that Columbia, SC-based Butch Bowers has joined President Trump’s legal team. Butch is well respected by both Republicans and Democrats and will do an excellent job defending President Trump,” Trump adviser, Jason Mille,r said.

South Carolina GOP Chairman, Drew McKissick, attested to Bowers’ competence and qualifications saying, “Butch Bowers is an excellent attorney who’s well versed in all the ins and outs of election law.”

“The state party has used him for years, and with his services we think the president is in great hands.”

Butch Bowers graduated from Tulane University’s law school, has his own law firm and is associated with the Miller Law Group.

Bowers’ experience includes representing former Republican governors, including Nikki Haley and Mark Sanford, in South Carolina. 

Bowers represented Mark Sanford for 37 civil charges related to “misusing public funds on commercial plane flights and the occasional frivolous use of state aircraft, and misusing campaign funds after his 2006 re-election.”

Bowers also represented then-Governor Nikki Haley in 2012 as she was facing ethics charges. Haley was subsequently cleared of the charges.

He also served in the U.S. Justice Department under Republican former President George W. Bush.

Bowers also serves as counsel for the U.S. Armed Forces. The Miller Law Group website states:

“Butch also currently serves as the Vice Wing Commander of the 169th Fighter Wing, South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG). He is the State Staff Judge Advocate for the SCANG and holds the federally-recognized rank of Colonel.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General School, Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course; the U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School, by correspondence; the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence; and the U.S Air Force Air War College, by correspondence.”

Overall, Bowers has shown extensive experience in the legal field.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will send the articles of impeachment for incitement of insurrection against Trump to the Senate on Monday.

This comes despite Mitch McConnell’s proposal to delay the trial until mid-February so as to provide Trump’s team with adequate time to prepare.

The case is being brought against Trump for impeachment on grounds of incitement of insurrection, despite Trump never commanding his supporters to attack the Capitol.

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