President Donald Trump has turned to top lawyers, the best of the best, to help defend him in his Senate impeachment trial. Trump former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who paved the way for former President Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachment, and lawyer Alan Dershowitz to his legal team. The additions bring experience in the politics of impeachment as well as constitutional law to the team,
The team defending the president will be led by attorney Jay Sekulow, who also represented the president during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and white House counsel Pat Cipolloneas. Trump’s Jane Raskin, one of Trump’s private lawyers, and Eric Herschmann, another former independent counsel, would also be on the president’s legal team as well as Trump adviser and former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi. Former independent counsel Robert Ray will also be on the team, according to a Reuters source.
Senator Ted Cruz said on twitter: ‘TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: This is the beginning of the end of the abuse of the Constitution. The Senate will provide a fair trial for.’
The trial in the Republican-led Senate formally got under way on Thursday, though it will start in earnest on Tuesday with opening statements. The trial will determine whether Trump is removed from office.
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