By Steve Holland and Karen Freifeld
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump has employed South Carolina-based lawyer Butch Bowers to characterize him in his Senate impeachment trial over a cost that he incited riot, a supply acquainted with the matter mentioned on Thursday.
Bowers didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
While comparatively unknown on the nationwide stage, Bowers has represented former Republican governors in South Carolina and served within the U.S. Justice Department underneath Republican former President George W. Bush, in response to his web site.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (NYSE:) of South Carolina, a Trump ally, advisable Bowers, the supply mentioned.
In 2012, Bowers represented then-Governor Nikki Haley in an ethics listening to over allegations that she engaged in unlawful lobbying whereas she was a state consultant. Haley was cleared of wrongdoing.
In 2009, Bowers represented then-Governor Mark Sanford in an ethics listening to over his use of a state plane for a secret five-day journey to Argentina to see a girl with whom he was having an extramarital affair. Sanford agreed to pay $74,000 to settle expenses that his private journey and marketing campaign spending violated state ethics legal guidelines, however he continued to disclaim wrongdoing.
Bowers, a graduate of Tulane University’s regulation college, has his personal regulation agency and is related to the Miller Law Group. Bowers mentioned on that agency’s web site that he loved “bird hunting” and “good bourbon.”
Bakari Sellers, a former South Carolina politician and a Democrat, mentioned on Twitter that Bowers is a “very good” lawyer.
Trump’s trial is prone to start someday round mid-February with a purpose to give Bowers time to organize, Republican Senator Mike Braun advised reporters on Thursday.
The Democratic-led House of Representatives on Jan. 13 made Trump the primary U.S. president to be impeached twice, charging him with inciting an riot, centered on an incendiary speech he delivered to 1000’s of supporters on Jan. 6 shortly earlier than a pro-Trump mob rampaged via the U.S. Capitol.
The rioters disrupted the formal certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over Trump within the Nov. 3 election, despatched lawmakers into hiding and left 5 folks lifeless, together with a police officer. Trump has falsely claimed the election was stolen from him because of widespread fraud.
Trump seems to have had a troublesome time retaining counsel for his impeachment protection.
Earlier this month, Rudy Giuliani was poised to assist defend the president, folks acquainted with the matter mentioned.
But in latest days, Giuliani mentioned he wouldn’t achieve this, citing his participation within the rally shortly earlier than the assault on the Capitol. Giuliani led the authorized staff that attempted unsuccessfully to overturn Trump’s election defeat. The usually chaotic effort additional battered the previous New York City mayor’s fame.
John Eastman, an instructional who represented Trump in his election challenges on the U.S. Supreme Court final month, was mentioned to be into account. He mentioned this week he was unlikely to defend Trump, citing his participation in the identical rally.
Eastman, who advised Reuters final week he was open to representing Trump, mentioned he was constrained by the bar code of the District of Columbia.
“A lawyer shouldn’t be an advocate in a case in which he is a witness,” he mentioned this week.
Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump private lawyer Jay Sekulow, who helped lead the protection within the first impeachment trial in early 2020, weren’t anticipated to be concerned, in response to folks acquainted with the scenario.
Trump was beforehand impeached by the House in late 2019 on a cost of abusing his energy by asking Ukraine’s authorities to announce investigations to discredit Biden. The then Republican-controlled Senate acquitted him.