Washington: US media reported on Saturday that several impeachment lawyers for former US President Donald Trump had left his team a week before the trial.
CNN quoted an anonymous source as saying that five lawyers-including two lawyers believed to be leading the team-parted ways after Republican billionaires disagreed on their legal strategy. .
CNN said Trump has always hoped that lawyers will continue his unfounded claims of election fraud, rather than focusing on the legality of convicting the president after he leaves office. He added that he was “unwilling to accept” discussions.
According to CNN and other media reports, lawyers including Bucky Bowles and Deborah Barbier are expected to lead Trump’s defense.
“We have done much work, but have not made a final decision on our legal team, which will be made shortly,” tweeted Trump advisor Jason Miller in response to the reports.
The development leaves Trump, who has reportedly been struggling to form a defense ahead of his historic second impeachment trial over the ransacking of the US Capitol this month, facing new hurdles with just days to go.
However, even with his legal team in chaos he looks increasingly likely to dodge conviction.
Nearly all senators from his party have signaled opposition to his trial and fueled efforts to censure him instead.
The trial — in which Trump faces a charge of “incitement of insurrection” — will begin on February 9.
But with just five Republicans joining all 50 Democrats this week in agreeing that the trial should go forward, it appears unlikely that 17 Republicans would vote against Trump, the minimum number needed to reach the two-thirds threshold for conviction.
The condemnation was not as severe as being expelled, but it was an official statement of opposition.
It still takes 10 Republicans to overcome any blockade tactics proposed by Trump loyalists.
The conviction would result in a simple majority vote on whether to ban Trump from holding any future public office, but a condemning resolution did not trigger such a trigger.
This will open the door for Trump to run for president again in 2024. Although many pro-Trump extremists launched a deadly and violent attack on the Capitol on January 6 in order to overthrow the election results, there are still a considerable number of Republicans. Now supports this prospect. Elections.