The New York Times reported on Monday that Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, will not be representing Trump at his upcoming impeachment trial. The report also noted that many attorneys have said they will not represent the president.
With the Senate trial fast approaching, it is unclear who will defend Trump — leaving open the possibility he may have to defend himself.
Mr. Trump met with Mr. Giuliani on Saturday night at the White House, and the next day the president began telling people that Mr. Giuliani was not going to be part of the team. It is unclear who will be the defense lawyer for Mr. Trump, given that many attorneys have privately said they won’t represent him.
Though Giuliani initially said he would be part of Trump’s impeachment defense, the attorney later noted “that he is a potential witness since he gave a speech at the rally on Jan. 6 of Trump supporters who went on to storm the Capitol complex, overtaking it for hours.”
CNN reported on Sunday that Trump has not yet settled on a legal team for his defense.
“President Trump has not yet made a determination as to which lawyer or law firm will represent him for the disgraceful attack on our Constitution and democracy, known as the ‘impeachment hoax.’ We will keep you informed,” Hogan Gidley, the campaign’s national press secretary, wrote in a tweet early Sunday.
Meanwhile, John Eastman, the conservative attorney who falsely told Trump that Vice President Mike Pence could block the certification of Biden’s win, could join Trump’s legal team defending him in the upcoming impeachment trial, a person familiar with the matter said. But those discussions are still preliminary and Eastman isn’t yet formally a part of the team.
And from MSNBC:
Bloomberg Law reported last week that the Republican is “having trouble” finding lawyers willing to represent him — a recurring problem for Trump. The reporting added, “Allies of the outgoing president have been canvassing Washington’s legal landscape looking for representation but so far are coming up short.”
What happens if, as the trial date nears, Trump has no one to defend him? Would he try to defend himself? Would he give Giuliani a second look? Would he call Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to see if he’s busy?
A Wall Street Journal reporter added this morning that some of Trump’s allies have told him he’ll “need to take some responsibility for inciting the riot if he wants a serious lawyer to defend him, which he has indicated he doesn’t want to do.”
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