Trump adds high-profile lawyer to impeachment defence team

Trump adds high-profile lawyer to impeachment defence team

Trump adds high-profile lawyer to impeachment defence team

Former independent counsels Ken Starr and Robert Ray are expected to join President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial legal team, a source familiar with the plans told ABC News Friday.

The trial formally got underway on Thursday, though it will start in earnest on Tuesday with opening statements.

Dershowitz said of himself: "While Professor Dershowitz is nonpartisan when it comes to the Constitution - he opposed the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and voted for Hillary Clinton - he believes the issues at stake go to the heart of our enduring Constitution".

Dershowitz has been a well-known figure in US legal circles for decades.

The White House has unveiled Donald Trump's legal team for his Senate impeachment trial, a list of attorneys whose own ageing controversies threaten to overshadow their efforts to defend the president. We're here to support the movement to move forward with the trial now that the impeachment has been won, succeeded. Under Starr, the investigation shifted focus to include the president's actions and statements concerning Paula Jones, who accused Clinton of sexual harassment when he was Arkansas governor, and White House intern Monica Lewinsky, with whom Clinton had an affair. He's facing increasing pressure to call witnesses during the trial, as new information continues to emerge about President Trump's effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden, ahead of this year's presidential election.

Besides his 1990s role as an independent counsel, Starr is also a former USA solicitor general and federal circuit court judge.

For just the third time in history, the Senate has opened an impeachment trial to determine if a sitting president should be removed from office.

Trump in December said Cipollone would likely play the lead role in his defense.

In Kentucky, activists marked the moment by gathering Thursday outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Louisville office to assure him that they will be watching to proceedings.

But John Bolton, the former White House national security adviser who left his post in September after a falling out with Trump, has said he is willing to testify at the impeachment trial if the Senate issues a subpoena.

Lofgren has the rare credential of having worked on the congressional staff investigation of President Richard Nixon's impeachment - he resigned before the full House voted on the charges - and then being an elected lawmaker during Clinton's.

It is only the third impeachment trial in US history.

"It could weaken the presidency and weaponise impeachment as a partisan tactic".

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