Trump team hires 2 ex-prosecutors with ethics experience
(Senate Television via AP)COLUMBIA, S.C. – Donald Trump has added two more former federal prosecutors from South Carolina to his impeachment legal team, according to one of the lawyers. Harris and Gasser join a team that includes Butch Bowers, a noted South Carolina ethics and elections lawyer called an “anchor tenant” of the team by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. It's in part on the advice of Graham that Trump is turning to the South Carolina team after other legal allies passed on the case. It’s a notable departure from his 2020 impeachment trial, when Trump had a stable of nationally known attorneys, including Alan Dershowitz, Jay Sekulow and Kenneth Starr. Bowers has years of experience representing elected officials and political candidates, including former South Carolina Gov.
Lawyer group: Trump adds ex-prosecutor to impeachment team
(AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)COLUMBIA, S.C. – Donald Trump is adding another South Carolina attorney to his impeachment legal team, according to a trial lawyer group in the state. Barbier joins Bowers, a Columbia attorney with years of experience representing elected officials and political candidates, including former South Carolina Gov. In part on the advice of Graham, the South Carolina senator, Trump is turning to Bowers and Barbier after other legal allies passed on the case. That's a notable departure from his 2020 impeachment trial, when Trump had a stable of nationally known attorneys, including Alan Dershowitz, Jay Sekulow and Kenneth Starr. If convicted, Trump could be barred from holding public office again, ending any hopes of mounting another White House bid in 2024.
Trial ahead, Trump turns to ethics lawyer for his defense
Trump turned to Bowers, a familiar figure in Republican legal circles, after other legal allies passed on the case. The first impeachment trial turned on charges that Trump improperly solicited Ukraine’s help for his reelection campaign. Pat McCrory and the South Carolina Election Commission in litigation over voter ID laws, as well as a former South Carolina sheriff who pleaded guilty to embezzlement and misconduct in office. In 2018, he was attorney for University of South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley in her successful defamation suit against Missouri’s athletics director. With degrees from the University of South Carolina and College of Charleston, Bowers graduated from Tulane University School of Law in 1998.
Bloomberg says he'd vote to convict Trump if he were a senator
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would vote to convict President Donald Trump if he were a senator, he told Craig Melvin in an exclusive interview that aired on NBC's "TODAY Show" Monday. "I'd have to swallow two or three times, but I would say I would vote to convict because there's so much evidence that he acted inappropriately," said Bloomberg, who's running for the Democratic nomination. Bloomberg and Trump both hail from New York and have long known each other. On Friday, the president criticized Bloomberg on Twitter, mocking his refusal to participate in the Democratic presidential debates. Spelling out why he feels Trump is so dangerous, Bloomberg said that his impetuous style was hazardous for the country.cnbc.com
Trump taps lawyer Dershowitz, others for impeachment trial defense
Alan Dershowitz (center) leaves Manhattan Federal Court in New York, following a status conference in the defamation lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre, against Dershowitz, over discovery issues, in Manhhattan, New York, U.S., December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Jefferson SiegelWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former independent counsel Ken Starr and lawyer Alan Dershowitz will join U.S. President Donald Trumps impeachment trial defense team led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, Trumps legal team and a source said on Friday. Trump adviser Pam Bondi and former independent counsel Robert Ray will also be on the team, according to the source who is familiar with the teams composition.feeds.reuters.com
Trump leaves for Mar-a-Lago for the weekend ahead of Senate impeachment trial
President Trump is spending the weekend at his resort in Florida before the Senate impeachment trial begins "in earnest" Tuesday, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has put it. The president has said he'll "probably" still go to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week. The president's defense team in the trial will include Clinton-era independent counsel Ken Starr, among others, as CBS News has reported. On Friday night, the president is attending a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago for the Trump Victory Fund, which splits its money between the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign. Earlier Friday at an unrelated event with the national college championship football team, the president brought up impeachment out of the blue.cbsnews.com
Impeachment dj vu: Ken Starr added to Trump's trial defense team
In what may feel like impeachment dj vu, former independent counsels in the Clinton impeachment investigation Ken Starr and Robert Ray will be a part of President Trump's legal defense team in the Senate impeachment trial, CBS News has confirmed. Starr and Dershowitz will not be lead counsel for the president's defense that role will be left to White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump personal attorney Jay Sekulow. White House counsel's office deputies Patrick Philbin and Mike Purpura will also assist with the president's defense. Dershowitz, who opposed the impeachment of Bill Clinton and voted for Hillary Clinton, had been considering joining the president's defense team for several weeks. The news comes one day after the Senate formally initiated the president's impeachment trial with the swearing in of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and the swearing in of 99 U.S. senators.cbsnews.com
Trump impeachment defense team will include Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr and Jeffrey Epstein lawyer Alan Dershowitz
President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team will include Ken Starr, whose investigation led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, whose clients have included notorious pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and O.J. White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow are heading the defense effort. The Trump team choices came to light four days before his trial is set to begin in earnest in the Senate. Giuliani's push last year to get Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter Biden were the subject of extensive testimony and evidence in House impeachment proceedings. "The president asked me to do this, and the legal team asked me to do this," Dershowitz said in an interview with CNBC after his role on the defense team became known.cnbc.com
Trump leaves for Mar-a-Lago for the weekend ahead of Senate impeachment trial
President Trump is spending the weekend at his resort in Florida before the Senate impeachment trial begins "in earnest" Tuesday, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has put it. The president has said he'll "probably" still go to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week. The president's defense team in the trial will include Clinton-era independent counsel Ken Starr, among others, as CBS News has reported. On Friday night, the president is attending a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago for the Trump Victory Fund, which splits if money between the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign. Earlier Friday at an unrelated event with the national college championship football team, the president brought up impeachment out of the blue.cbsnews.com
Graham praised depositions in 1998 impeachment proceedings
At a news conference on the resolution, Graham said the Clinton impeachment inquiry was different because it was authorized. "On October 8, 1998 the House of Representatives voted to authorize an inquiry of impeachment into President Clinton. "Today, the House is breaking and ignoring all the processes and procedures that were used in the 1998 Clinton impeachment." There are key differences in the Clinton impeachment inquiry and the current impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and Ukraine. In 1998, House Judiciary Committee launched the impeachment inquiry after Starr provided his report and mounds of evidence to Congress.
Baylor fires football coach, demotes Ken Starr amid rape scandal
A report released Thursday says Baylor University did not do enough to protect its students from sexual assaults reportedly committed by football players. The report said two university administrators "directly discouraged complainants from reporting." As a result, Baylor has fired its football coach and demoted school president Ken Starr. Anna Werner reports.cbsnews.com