Trump shakes up impeachment defense team with Senate trial just days away: Reports

Donald Trump has fired and replaced his impeachment defense team, according to reports, with just days to go before he faces an unprecedented Senate trial as a private citizen.

The former president took on two new lawyers after splitting with five others, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

Trump shakes up legal team

According to Fox News, South Carolina lawyers Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier left Team Trump over disagreements about defense strategy, along with former prosecutors Greg Harris, Johnny Gasser, and Josh Howard. The decision was mutual, a source said.

Trump has now hired attorneys Bruce Castor and David Schoen to represent him, the AP reports. The shake-up comes days before Democrats in Congress will begin arguing before the Senate that Trump “incited insurrection” when some of his supporters stormed the Capitol in January.

Castor and Schoen are in agreement with Trump that it is unconstitutional to impeach a former president.

Schoen, for his part, called it an “honor to represent the 45th President, Donald J. Trump, and the United States Constitution,” according to Fox, while Castor vowed to “triumph over partisanship.”

“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,” Castor added, according to the AP.

Impeachment trial re-do?

The trial is set to play out roughly a year after Trump was acquitted in a previous impeachment over claims of wrongdoing during a phone call with Ukraine, and the same result is very much likely — so the shake-up will likely make little difference in the end.

While it was never a sure-shot that Republicans would convict Trump, the chances seemed a little higher weeks ago after an initial backlash. But Republicans have since rejected the impeachment effort, with all but five GOP senators agreeing that it is unconstitutional to try a private citizen, as The New York Times reports.

Trump’s enemies have argued that it is necessary to bar him from seeking office again, and his likely Senate acquittal has Democrats honing in on other ways to hold him “accountable,” including censure and an esoteric section of the 14th Amendment, reports note.

In the meantime, Democrats are moving ahead with what critics have called a predetermined partisan spectacle.

“No one will be able to avert their gaze from what Mr. Trump said and did and the consequences of his actions,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) vowed last week, according to CBS News.

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  1. WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER IS WHAT THE DEMOCRATES DID FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS AND THAT IS TO TRY TO SILENCE PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THEY WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO TRY TO COMPLETE THIS. JUST IMAGINE IF THEY WOULD HAVE SPENT THIS MUCH TIME ON GETTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HELP BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND THE MEMORIES THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL HAVE OF THEIR 2020 CHRISTMAS. THERE IS NO ONE TO BLAME FOR THE MESS OUR COUNTRY IS IN EXCEPT THE DEMOCRATES AND THE RINO’S THAT HAVE PLACED ALL THEIR FOCUS ON OUR PRESIDENT TRUMP. LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN 2022.

    1. I am A Proud Supporter of Donald J Trump. I have not voted for a Democrat since Bill Clinton. Telelavisian is to Blame to happenings in America. At no time in History has hate overtaken America as it has now.

  2. I wish President Trump the best of luck in hi upcoming witch hunt. This is the biggest waste of time and money. All because they don’t want him to run in 2024 after they have destroyed our country. It’s time for these morons to remember they work for the people. If they want to stay in office they better start working for the people of this country. MidTerm elections are next year.

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  4. The reason he needed to go to the Capitol is that there was wide spread fra ud in the election and he wanted to be sure the election results were not certified. He needed to have his people to peacefully let their feelings be known. And that is what he told them. This was proven. No way did he let that very loyal group of people think that he w as asking them to be violent at al l.

    In my eyes he is innocent of any charge of violence and democrats are guilty of not acknowledging the fraud in the e lection. This is the truth plain and simp!e.

  5. Suzanne your so right. Trump will always be my President no matter who’s elected. We need a man that will fight for the little people. I miss the way life was before he got screwed in the 2020 election. I pray that this witch hunt finds him NOT GUILTY.

  6. Years before Trump reluctantly entered the swamp world, I believed that he was best qualified for the job if he pursued the presidency. Just as the “Sunset in the West” (demise of America) was indicated back in 1959 and again in a radio show in 1965 (If I Were the Devil, by Paul Harvey), Trump came along as somewhat of a national “savior” and perhaps the last hope God gave us to extend the precious freedoms for which much blood was shed it is no wonder that the “swamp” hated him. (www.simplelifetruths.com “Home Page,” “Coming Soon! Page, and “News Notes” page Sept 4, 2019). For heaven’s sake, let’s use and preserve our greatest human resource. Trump is the “Sunrise in the East”!

  7. We have had only two presidents in my life time that helped this country, and work for the people as they should, and not rob them, Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump!

  8. Rita says:
    I will pray for President Trump, Melania, and his entire family and wish them peace, and for the others that they come to their senses. That they see where they go wrong and don’t destroy my adopted and our beloved country. They should work for the American people, us, and put their hate into love.

  9. President Trump is still the man. The Democrats will never do for the people like the president trump did. The Democrats all should be in jail for everything they have done to him. And now they brought the country down. He is going to beat the impeachment and the Democrats are going to look stupid as always

  10. I’m wondering why someone in the SCOTUS doesn’t step up and explain to the dems and the rino’s, that the impeachment is illegal according to our constitution. The waste of time and money, needs to be stopped. The corruption is out in the open to all to see. The liberal (LMT) legal mafia type, crime family members are exposing themselves as mafia type individuals. Its so obvious to me. Military retiree

  11. The hate that the Democrats have shown against my President, Trump, is relentless. You can see it plainly. They will do anything to stop Trump for their own evil plans. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE TO STAND FOR TRUMP!! OR WE ARE A DOOMED NATION IF THE DEMOCRATS HAVE THEIR WAY.

  12. I cannot believe so many people (democrats) are so childish as to continue going after Trump with this stupid idea of impeachment, again. Come on guys. Just get your car together and leave him alone. He has always done what was best for our nation even while fighting you people democrats) off. I wish he would have been voted in for another four years instead of having all this unrest in our nation. I was under the impression, we were actually adults not mere children with such animosity against one another. It’s time for us to become mature adults and unite!!!

  13. What the Democrats are doing is totally illegal. They cannot impeach him as he is no longer President. Goes to show had ignorant, stupid, idiotic, mean, sorry and evil the members of the Democratic party are. They (Democrats) should all be thrown out our U.S. Congress for their lying and cheating … also for their stupidity.

  14. Hang in there AMERICA !, President Trump is NOT GOING ANYWHERE, HE WILL OVERCOME THIS
    “BUMP IN THE ROAD “, & WILL BE STRONGER THAN EVER, GOD BLESS AMERICA, & PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP.

  15. God bless President Trump! He has been treated so unfairly by Democrats. It’s past time for things to change. He was the best president we have ever had!

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