Former President Donald Trump’s office announced that David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor, Jr. will now head the legal team for his second impeachment trial, a day after CNN first reported that five members of his defense left and his team effectively collapsed.
One point of friction with his previous team was Trump wanted the attorneys to focus on his election fraud claims rather than the constitutionality of convicting a former president.
“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.
Philadelphia’s ABC News affiliate reports:
Bruce L. Castor, Jr, the former district attorney in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania will be leading the legal defense team for the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.
Castor, a Republican who was the elected district attorney of Pennsylvania’s third-most populated county, decided against charging Bill Cosby in a 2004 sexual encounter. He ran for the job again in 2015, and his judgment in the Cosby case was a key issue used against him by the Democrat who defeated him.
Lawyer David Schoen will also be heading the defense team. Schoen met with financier Jeffrey Epstein about joining his defense team on sex trafficking charges just days before Epstein killed himself in a New York jail.
Leave it to Trump to hire the lawyer who was set to defend Jeffrey Epstein and the guy who refused to prosecute Bill Cosby.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 31, 2021
We Pennsylvanians know Trump’s new lawyer, Bruce Castor, very well
He infamously refused to prosecute Bill Cosby, defended him in a sex abuse claim, and then sued one of Cosby’s victims and lost
Trump isn’t bringing the A-Team. Folks, this is the Q-Team
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) February 1, 2021
Bruce Castor gave Bill Cosby a sweetheart deal similar to Epstein: promising him immunity on sex abuse charges. https://t.co/a5QhGQOgAZ
— julie k. brown (@jkbjournalist) February 1, 2021
I love that Trump has to distribute his nonsense like it was a PTA flyer. https://t.co/20T6yE3HYR
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) January 31, 2021
Schoen has repped mobsters, political figures and Trump’s oldest adviser, Roger Stone. https://t.co/VfDfrXJaDi
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 1, 2021