Trump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters on Thursday that South Carolina attorney Butch Bowers will be a lead attorney in former President Trump’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.”

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 Pelosi (D-Calif.) has not sent the article of impeachment over to the Senate yet.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (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 Haley and Mark Sanford, and former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.

Tags 2021 impeachment Donald Trump Donald Trump Impeachment Lindsey Graham Mark Sanford Mitch McConnell Nancy Pelosi Nikki Haley

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