Butch Bowers and another lawyer have left Trump’s impeachment team just days before the trial. In addition to the two reported last night, we have since learned a total of five have left due to disagreements about the defense.
Butch Bowers, a South Carolina lawyer who once worked under George Bush, and another lawyer, Deborah Barbier, were to play a leading role in the trial. The departure was said to be mutual.
In addition, Josh Howard, a North Carolina attorney, Johnny Gasser, and Greg Harris, both from South Carolina, are no longer involved with the case either.
Josh Howard was independent counsel on the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky investigations during the Clinton presidency. He spent a decade in the Justice Department where he worked on the confirmations of Justices Roberts and Alito.
Gasser and Harris are both former federal prosecutors.
They are the only lawyers who have announced they are working on Trump’s impeachment defense.
THE ALLEGED REASON WHY
CNN’s source claims Trump wanted the attorneys to argue there was mass election fraud and that the election was stolen from him rather than focus on the legality of convicting a president after he’s left office. Trump was allegedly not receptive to the discussions about how they should proceed in that regard.
One caveat: This is from CNN, which likes to dish out fake news. It could be true or not. All the outlets are regurgitating the exact same story.
The NY Times went a little further to criticize Rudy Guiliani who they say wants to defend Trump. The piece blames Giuliani for convincing Trump to pursue baseless claims that the Bidens pressured Ukraine to fire the prosecutor. Actually, Joe Biden said he pushed Ukraine to fire the prosecutor under threat of holding back USAid and it’s on tape. The Times also added that Trump wants to pursue the ‘baseless’ claims of election fraud.
[Mail-in voting is fraudulent.]
MILLER SAID THEY HADN’T DECIDED YET
Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller told CNN that they “hadn’t made a final decision on our legal team, which will be made shortly.”
Trump has had difficulty finding legal help for his second impeachment, with some of the lawyers who worked on his first trial saying they wouldn’t do the same this go around.
Alan Dershowitz wouldn’t do it because he thinks it’s a sham and it’s unconstitutional. He said the former president should not engage at all.
Bowers’ hiring was first announced by Trump ally and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. A longtime Republican attorney, Bowers represented former South Carolina Govs. Mark Sanford and Nikki Haley, and had experience in election law.
There are a number of ways the defense could come at this trial. They probably disagreed on which one would be most effective.