Trump Hires New Lawyers For Impeachment Defense

CNN reports:

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.