The team lawyers who were expected to represent former President Donald Trump in impeachment trial, led by South Carolina lawyer Butch Bowers, resigned in part because of disagreements over how to mount Trump’s defense. The disagreements over strategy varied but Trump wanted his team to argue there was election fraud. Trump was impeached by the House on Jan. 13 on a single article for “incitement of insurrection.” This was preceded by a Trump rally when he told his followers to head to the Capitol and repeatedly said they should fight for him. The Senate trial is scheduled to begin on the week of Feb. 8. Two-thirds of the Senate , or 67 senators , would need to vote to convict Trump.
Many attorneys who worked with or represented Trump during the last impeachment trial are declining to defend him in the Senate. Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, also said he will not be representing the former president. It was unclear who would now represent the former president at the trial. Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a prominent ally of Mr Trump’s, has called the president’s legal team a “national embarrassment”.