For the Defense: Twisted Facts and Other Staples of the Trump Playbook
Mr. Giuliani repeatedly told associates that he would join the defense of impeachment, despite his status as a potential witness in the impeachment case, as he addressed Trump’s rally on 6 January. Mr. Trump finally told Mr. Giuliani that he would not attend it. .
But Mr. Trump’s advisers struggled to find a legal team that would defend him.
Finally, with the help of an aide to Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Mr. Trump’s advisers announced that he had hired Butch Bowers, a well-known lawyer with experience representing South Carolina politicians.
But just a week before the trial began, Mr. Bowers and four of his attorneys were Left suddenlyHowever, another lawyer, David I. Scone, who was expected to be part of the team from the beginning, remains on the board.
In another reminder of his ad hoc approach, Mr. Trump on Thursday night asked colleagues whether it was too late to add or remove lawyers from the team, as Mr. Scone summarized the debate he was using. Were, leaving a team on it. The video clip was shown on Friday. Mr Trump called Mr Sconia and he agreed to rejoin the team, with two people briefed about the events.
Just hours before Mr. Trump’s team appeared in the Senate well, the group was still revoking the order of the presence of its two main lawyers, Mr. Shoney and Bruce L. Caster jr. In the end, he decided that a third lawyer, Mr. van der Veen, would distribute the opening act.
The uncertainty clearly stems from Mr. Castor Widely panned appearance On Tuesday, when he issued an open statement angering his client, which angered him. Mr. Trump has told advisers and friends that he no longer wanted to hear from Mr. Castor, people familiar with the Trump team’s discussions said.
People familiar with the makeup of the legal team said Eric Hershman, a lawyer and aide to the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who worked in the West Wing in the final year of administration, was a key figure in the pouring. This together.