Former President Donald J. Trump has hired a lawyer from South Carolina which is attorney Butch Bowers, to defend him at his Senate impeachment trial, which could start as early as next week.
Several of the lawyers who represented President Trump in his first impeachment trial including former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow had informed associates they didn’t plan to defend former President Trump a second time.
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Butch Bowers has a track record of representing Republicans facing potential sanctions from legislative bodies, having defended then-South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford when he faced possible impeachment for leaving the state without notice to visit his Argentine mistress, and then-Gov. Nikki Haley in an ethics probe.
Bowers also served under President George W. Bush as special counsel for voting Matters in the U.S. Department of Justice.
The House of Representatives on Jan. 13 made Trump the first U.S. president to be impeached twice, charging him with inciting a riot as lawmakers attempted to certify President Joe Biden’s victory in the Nov. 3 election.
Rudy Giuliani who is Trump’s personal lawyer, stated on Sunday that he will not represent him at the trial because he gave a speech at the same rally where Trump spoke just before the riot.
The former New York City mayor and federal prosecutor said that he was a “witness,” which precluded him from acting as Trump’s defender in the trial.
Sources: USNews, Newsbreak, and MSN; Photo: news.yahoo.com