Former President Donald J. Trump on Sunday named two lawyers to represent him in his upcoming Senate impeachment trial, the day after he split from five members of his first team.
David Schoen, a Georgia-based attorney who represented longtime Trump advisor Roger J. Stone Jr., and Bruce Castor, a former Pennsylvania district attorney, were revealed in a press release from Mr. Trump’s office.
“In particular, Schön has already worked with the 45th President and other advisers to prepare for the upcoming trial, and both Schön and Castor agree that this impeachment is unconstitutional – a fact that 45 senators agreed to last week “says the press release.
The lawyers will be deployed immediately: Mr Trump will file a response to the House charges by Tuesday, and the trial is due to begin next week. The announcement came a day after Mr Trump broke up with his chief attorney Butch Bowers, a South Carolina-based attorney brought in by Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, and four other attorneys who were supposed to be doing work on the Defense.
One person familiar with the decision called them “each other,” and others said there was no chemistry between Mr. Trump and Mr. Bowers, a quality that Mr. Trump values in his lawyers. Mr Bowers has also remained aloof in the press, while Mr Trump prefers people to go on TV and defend him.
There was also never a letter of intent between Mr Trump and the lawyers who left, and a person close to the former president said there was a disagreement over strategy. Mr Trump has told advisors he wanted the defense to focus on his unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud, said a person familiar with the discussions. A person close to the former president denied that it was, but conceded that Mr Trump had dismissively said the case was so simple that he could try it himself and save money.
Since taking office, Mr Trump has made efforts to find or keep lawyers to defend him in the various investigations against him.
Mr. Castor is famous for refusing to prosecute disgraced entertainer Bill Cosby when he was a district attorney in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in 2005. He also served briefly as the acting Attorney General of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Schön has represented a wide range of customers, from gangsters to political figures to Mr. Stone.
In one (n Interview with the Atlanta Jewish Times In September, Mr Schön said of his casework: “I represented all sorts of respected gangster figures: the alleged boss of the Russian mafia in this country, the Israeli mafia and two Italian bosses, as well as a man the government claimed to be the biggest mobster in the world world. “
Mr. Schoen met with Jeffrey Epstein, who was on trial for sexual trafficking, shortly before his death in 2019, to discuss the case. Mr Schön has claimed that he believes Mr Epstein was murdered, despite all official reports that he killed himself in prison.
The press release from Mr. Trump’s office described him as “45th President Donald J. Trump” as opposed to “former President”, a notable election given Mr. Trump’s repeated refusal to admit.