Sunday, January 31, 2021

48 hours to go and no defense team for Trump - no 'chemistry' there

Remember Rick Wilson’s dictum: “Everything that Trump touches dies.” So it is with Trump’s legal team defending him in his second impeachment trial.

Trump Parts Ways With Five Lawyers Handling Impeachment Defense reports Maggie Habberman of the NY Times. The departures, which include his lead lawyer, Butch Bowers, come more than a week before his Senate trial is set to begin.

Mr. Trump had pushed for his defense team to focus on his baseless claim that the election was stolen from him, one person familiar with the situation said. A person close to Mr. Trump disputed that that was the case but acknowledged that there were differences in opinion about the defense strategy. However, Mr. Trump has insisted that the case is “simple” and has told advisers he could argue it himself and save the money on lawyers. (Aides contend he is not seriously contemplating doing so.)

The decision for Mr. Bowers to leave was “mutual,” another person familiar with the situation said, adding that Mr. Trump and Mr. Bowers had no chemistry, a quality the former president generally prizes in his relationships. Mr. Trump prefers lawyers who are eager to appear on television to say that he never did anything wrong …

Mr. Trump is due to file a response to the House charges by Tuesday.

The question of who will represent Mr. Trump in his Senate trial has vexed him and his advisers since it became clear that he would become the first American president to be impeached twice.

Hey, Hey, Hee, Hee: Rudy Giuliani? Nope. Rudy is a witness in the Jan. 6 riot.

… he spoke at a rally of Trump supporters on Jan. 6, hours before hundreds marched to the Capitol and rioted. Almost all of Mr. Trump’s advisers blame Mr. Giuliani, who encouraged Mr. Trump’s desire to find ways to overturn the election results and to call their legitimacy into question, for the latest impeachment.

So it goes.

(Thanks to Editor-at-Large Sherry.)

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