Monday, February 1, 2021

Bruce Castor former PA prosecutor joins impeachment defense team

Former President Donald Trump announced two new attorneys who will lead his impeachment defense team, just days before his Senate trial is set to begin, reported the USA Today. 

The announcement came one day after it was reported five members of Trump's team split with him

Trump, the first president to be impeached twice, announced his legal team would be led by David Schoen, a criminal defense attorney who works in Alabama and New York, and Bruce Castor Jr., a former district attorney in Pennsylvania.

The news comes just days before filings are due in Trump's trial, including an official response due on Tuesday to the article of impeachment passed by the House charging Trump with inciting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Trump's trial will begin in earnest the week of Feb. 8.

"I consider it a privilege to represent the 45th President," Castor said in a statement released by Trump. "The strength of our Constitution is about to be tested like never before in our history. It is strong and resilient. A document written for the ages, and it will triumph over partisanship yet again, and always."

Both attorneys are no stranger to high profile cases. 

Castor garnered headlines after he declined to prosecute actor Bill Cosby in 2005 on sexual assault allegations that years later sent Cosby to prison. 

Schoen has similarly been involved with cases for high-profile figures. Herepresented Roger Stone, a key Trump ally who was pardoned by the former president after charges stemming from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. 

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