The two lawyers chosen by former President Donald Trump to represent him in his Feb. 9 impeachment trial, Bruce Castor and David Schoen, are both not new to controversy, The Washington Post reported on Monday.
Trump announced his new legal team on Sunday after a sudden departure of lawyers who had been working on his defense to answer charges relating to his alleged role in inciting the insurrection in Washington, D.C., last month that led to the storming of the Capitol Building and the deaths of five people.
When serving as Montgomery County district attorney in 2005, Castor declined to prosecute actor Bill Cosby on charges relating to allegations he drugged and groped a woman, according to Newsweek. Cosby was later convicted of a number of sex offenses in 2018.
Schoen met with Jeffrey Epstein in the final days of his life and says he believes the financier and accused pedophile did not kill himself.
Schoen’s most recently controversial move was representing Trump confidante Roger Stone, who was convicted two years ago of witness tampering and lying to Congress about his role in seeking hacked Democrat emails during the 2016 election.
Schoen said he did not think the lawyers who left the former president’s team did so because, as has been reported, Trump insisted that they focus on his claims of voter fraud in the election, rather than the constitutional validity of convicting a president no longer in office, the Post reported.
Schoen also rejected the idea that the new team would attempt to litigate the validity of the election results.
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