Trump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress Graham found Trump election fraud arguments suitable for 'third grade': Woodward book Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan MORE (R-S.C.) told reporters on Thursday that South Carolina attorney Butch Bowers will be a lead attorney in former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE’s impeachment trial.

Graham said Trump is still pulling together a legal team but that Bowers would act as the “anchor.”

“I think [Trump’s] gonna have a good [legal team],” Graham said. “Butch Bowers I think will be sort of the anchor tenant. I’ve known Butch for a long time, solid guy. And I think, you know, over time, they'll put the team together.”

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Bowers did not respond to a request for comment and neither did representatives for Trump.

The House voted Jan. 13 to impeach Trump for a second time during his tenure. The article accuses him of inciting insurrection after a mob of his supporters overtook the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 in an effort to stop the Electoral College vote count.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE (D-Calif.) has not sent the article of impeachment over to the Senate yet.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE (R-Ky.) has proposed delaying the start of the impeachment trial until February to allow Trump time to mount a defense.

Bowers has represented several high-profile Republicans, including South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, former South Carolina Govs. Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyPoll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Harris to hold fundraiser for McAuliffe ahead of Virginia governor's race Allies see rising prospect of Trump 2024 White House bid MORE and Mark SanfordMark SanfordMark Sanford calls Graham 'a canary in the coalmine' on GOP's relationship with Trump Top cyber Pentagon official overseeing defense contractor project placed on leave Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP MORE, and former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.