Just over a week before the trial begins, Donald Trump must put together a new defense team. Attorney Butch Bowers has left the job, and is said to have taken several other attorneys out the door.
It reports several US media on Sunday night, including CNN, the New York Times and the news agency AP.
According to sources AP has spoken to, the decision should be mutual, and based on disagreement about how the case should be structured.
In addition to Butch Bowers, who was expected to lead Trump’s defense team during the trial, lawyer Deborah Barbier has also left the job, writes the Washington Post. She was recruited earlier this week.
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This means that it is very unclear who will defend former US President Donald Trump in the Supreme Court case, which is scheduled to start in the Senate in a little over a week, on 9 February.
Trump is being sued for having incited to the storming of the Congress building in Washington DC on January 6th.
– We have done a lot of work, but have not yet come up with a final decision on our legal team. It will be done soon, Trump’s former campaign adviser Jason Miller told CNN.
To the Washington Post, he says it is unclear whether two other lawyers who have been linked to the case – Johnny Grasser and Greg Harris – will continue or not.
Must have struggled to put together teams
CNN has previously reported that Trump has had problems putting together a group of defenders, but luck seemed to turn around when he got the respected lawyer from South Carolina Butch Bowers on the team.
Bowers worked in the Department of Justice while George W. Bush was president, and is said to have been put in touch with Trump via Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who is from the same state.
“They have really put together the A team from South Carolina,” said Matt Moore, who previously led the Republican Party in the state over the election of Bowers.
According to the New York Times, the lack of chemistry between Bowers and Trump is one of the reasons why he has now left the job.
A source CNN has spoken to claims that Trump wanted the lawyers to base the case on his accusations of electoral fraud, and that the victory was stolen from him. These allegations have been refuted by several courts, and also by US security authorities.
Little faith in the Supreme Court ruling
It has become clear during the last week that the Supreme Court case has little support among Republican senators, after the Senate voted on whether the Supreme Court case should be carried out. Forty-five of the 50 Republican senators voted no, because they thought it was unconstitutional to sue a president who had already left office.
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In retrospect, some Democratic senators have also stated that they believe the chances of Trump being convicted are very small.
Normally, dismissing the president is considered the main point of a Supreme Court case, and a two-thirds majority is needed for a conviction. That means 17 Republican senators must vote with Democrats to judge Trump.