Trump’s Top Impeachment Lawyers Leave Team Days Before Trial

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Butch Bowers, who joined former President Donald Trump’s defense team as a top impeachment lawyer, has parted ways with Trump, just nine days before his trial.

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«We have done much work, but have not made a final decision on our legal team, which will be made shortly,» Trump adviser Jason Miller said on Saturday night, just nine days after tweeting that Butch Bowers joined the team. At that time, Miller said Bowers, a pick recommended by Sen. Lindsay Graham, «will do an excellent job defending President Trump.»

Defense team or no, a Trump impeachment conviction is unlikely, considering that last week, an overwhelming majority of Republican senators voted to dismiss his trial altogether.

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The trial, over Trump’s role in the Capitol attack earlier this month, is set for Feb. 9.

The former president has until this Tuesday, Feb. 2, to respond to the article of impeachment passed by the House charging him with «incitement of insurrection.» House impeachment managers have the same deadline to file a pre-trial brief, with the former president’s pre-trial brief due a day before the trial.

NPR’s Domenico Montanaro contributed to this report.

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