Former US President Donald Trump reportedly part ways with impeachment lawyers a week before trial
Former US President Donald Trump has parted ways with his lead impeachment lawyers just over a week
before his Senate trial is set to begin, two people familiar with the situation say.
Mr Trump is set to stand trial in the week beginning on February 8 on allegations he incited his supporters
to storm Congress before President Joe Biden’s inauguration in an attempt to halt the peaceful transition
Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, both South Carolina lawyers, are no longer with Mr Trump’s
defense team. One of the people described the parting as a “mutual decision” that reflected a
difference of opinion on the direction of the case.
Both insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations.
One said new additions to the legal team were expected to be announced in a day or two.
According to a different person with knowledge of the legal hires, Mr Bowers and Ms Barbier left
the team because Mr Trump wanted them to use a defense that relied on allegations of election fraud,
and the lawyers were not willing to do so.
The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation and requested anonymity.