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Trump names new lawyers for impeachment defense team

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The upcoming second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, focusing on a charge of inciting the deadly January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by his followers, has prompted a debate over whether the proceeding is constitutional. Trump is still making false claims that his election loss to Democratic President Joe Biden was the result of widespread voting fraud and irregularities.

The rift between Trump and Butch Bowers, which was thought to be caused by a disagreement over defense strategy, was also reportedly brought on by compensation quarrels between the two.

THIS WEEK: After hiring a new legal team over the weekend, Trump is due to issue an official response to the article of impeachment on Tuesday.

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Graham, the outgoing chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, expressed that he looks forward to a speedy trial and acquittal of Trump. Senator Schumer promised a fair and full trial.

The Democrats draw heavily on the words of prominent Republicans who have criticized the former president, including Wyoming.

Pushing back against this claim, the House managers noted that the Constitution gives the Senate the "sole power to try all impeachments", and said refusing to put a former president on trial gives future presidents a license to commit impeachable offenses in his or her final days in office and then simply resign in order to evade accountability.

House members voting on Trump's second impeachment
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Their legal brief details for the first time the arguments that Democrats will present at the impeachment trial that begins next week.

The Atlanta-based lawyer insisted that the trial of a former president was "unconstitutional".

Ever since Trump's departure from the White House, the Republican Party has been divided over showing support towards the former president who is being charged with inciting the riots that took place at Capitol Hill, an incident that led to five people losing their lives.

"The Democrats' efforts to impeach a president who has already left office is totally unconstitutional and so bad for our country".

"And thus the best way to force the impeachment conversation to be about Trump's actions and lies - and congressional Republicans' complicity in them - is to demand he testify at the scene of the crime", he added.

A majority of Republican senators have already embraced that position, one that allows them to vote to dismiss the case without considering the merits of the charge against the president.

'This is the political weaponization of the impeachment process, ' he told Sean Hannity on Fox News. It calls Trump's actions a "betrayal of historic proportions". "Over the past year, increasingly over the past six months, he turned to me for advice", Schoen had said during that interview, adding that Epstein wanted to be billed for that service, but he declined because, he "wasn't sure where the relationship was going". Trump has raised more than $170 million from the public since Election Day that could be used for legal defenses.