On Sunday, former US-President Donald Trump on Sunday named two lawyers to his impeachment defense team. This development came after it was revealed Saturday that Trump had parted ways with an earlier set of attorneys.
Going ahead with the impeachment trials, the two lawyers representing Mr. Trump will be David Schoen, an Alabama attorney, and Bruce Castor, a former prosecutor in Pennsylvania. The trials which will begin next week will make Trump, the first president in American history to be impeached twice.
“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,” the release said. “It is an honor to represent the 45th President, Donald J. Trump, and the United States Constitution,” Schoen said in a statement. Schoen focuses primarily on the litigation of complex civil and criminal cases before trial and appellate courts. He serves as chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the Civil Rights Litigation Committee.
Castor added, “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.” Castor is a well-known attorney in Pennsylvania who previously served as Montgomery County district attorney.
The former President will stand trial in the Senate on a charge that he incited his supporters to storm Congress on Jan. 6 as lawmakers met to certify Joe Biden’s electoral victory. Republicans and Trump aides have made clear that they intend to make a simple argument in the trial: Trump’s trial is unconstitutional because he is no longer in office. Legal scholars say there is no bar to an impeachment trial despite Trump having left the White House.
“The Democrats’ efforts to impeach a president who has already left office is totally unconstitutional and so bad for our country,” Trump adviser Jason Miller has said.