Outgoing President Donald Trump waves as he steps aboard Marine One at the White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP via Getty Images)
Donald Trump appointed two lawyers to his impeachment team on Sunday, the day after it was revealed the former president had split from a previous group of lawyers.
The two attorneys he represents are David Schoen, a criminal defense attorney with offices in Alabama and New York, and Bruce Castor, a former Pennsylvania district attorney. Both made statements through a Trump adviser that it was an honor for them to accept the job.
“The strength of our constitution is being tested like never before in our history. It is strong and resilient. A document that was written to last and will triumph over partisanship again and again,” said Castor, who serves as district attorney for Montgomery County outside of Philadelphia from 2000 to 2008.
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Trump’s team announced on Saturday that several South Carolina attorneys who were supposed to represent him at the trial starting next week were no longer attending.
Trump, the first president in American history to face two indictments, will stand trial in the Senate for inducing his supporters to storm Congress on Jan. 6 when lawmakers met to award Joe Biden’s election victory to confirm.
Republicans and Trump aides have made it clear that they intend to make a simple argument at the trial: Trump’s trial is unconstitutional because he is no longer in office. Legal scholars say there is no barrier to impeachment despite Trump leaving the White House.
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“The efforts of the Democrats to indict a president who has already resigned are totally unconstitutional and so bad for our country,” said Trump adviser Jason Miller.
Castor is as well known in Pennsylvania for a case he failed to bring as he is for one of the law enforcement actions he initiated. He declined to indict actor Bill Cosby after a woman went to the police station in suburban Philadelphia in 2005 to say that Cosby drugged and molested her a year earlier.
A new prosecutor arrested Cosby in 2015 after unsealing documents from her 2005 civil lawsuit against Cosby, exposing Cosby’s harmful testimony of sexual encounters with wife Andrea Constand and others.