Donald Trump Names New Defense Team Ahead of Senate Impeachment Trial
David Schoen and Bruce Castor Jr., both experienced criminal defense attorneys, will be leading Trump’s defense team in the impeachment trial next week.
“I consider it a privilege to represent the 45th President. 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,” Bruce Castor said in the statement.
The impeachment case was brought forth due to Trump’s alleged role in the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill, though Trump never directly called for his supporters to conduct the riot.
To get the impeachment, two-thirds of the Senate have to vote for it, but the likelihood of this is still uncertain partially due to the argument that the impeachment trial is unconstitutional.
“Notably, Schoen has already been working with the 45th President and other advisors to prepare for the upcoming trial, and both Schoen and Castor agree that this impeachment is unconstitutional — a fact 45 Senators voted in agreement with last week,” Representatives of Trump said.
“I think [Tuesday’s vote will] be enough to show that more than a third of the Senate thinks that the whole proceeding is unconstitutional, which will show that ultimately they don’t have the votes to do an impeachment,” Senator Rand Paul said.
Paul said since Trump no longer holds a position in public office, he is a private citizen and cannot be impeached.
“If the accused is no longer president, where is the constitutional power to impeach him? Private citizens don’t get impeached. Impeachment is for removal from office, and the accused here has already left office.”
“The theory that the Senate can’t try former officials would amount to a constitutional Get Out of Jail Free card for any president who commits an impeachable offense.”
Rep. Jamie Raskin also disagreed with the notion that Trump cannot be impeached because he no longer holds a position in public office.
“If we had a rule that you can’t be tried for anything that you did in your last three or four or five weeks in office, that would basically be sending an extremely dangerous signal to future presidents that they could try to incite or execute a coup or an armed insurrection against the government and say, ‘La-di-da, it’s too late to prosecute me,'” Raskin told NPR.
Prior to this, Trump had named Butch Bowers as head of his defense team, but they have since parted ways.
The trial was initially set to begin in January, but after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal to delay the trial to provide adequate time for Trump’s team to prepare, the trial was moved to Feb. 9.