The second email drop from @45office.com has landed, with former President Donald Trump announcing his “highly respected” legal team for next week’s impeachment trial.
Trump has set up the email account as his means of communicating with the 74 million who voted for him after Twitter and Facebook permanently suspended him from both social media platforms.
The full email address, as previously reported in the Herald, is [email protected]. The “noreply” means the communication from the 45th president is a one-way street.
Sunday at 7:28 p.m., Trump announced he’s turning to “highly respected trial lawyers David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor, Jr.,” to head his impeachment defense legal team. He added they both bring “national profiles and significant trial experience in high-profile cases to the effort.”
The email adds that “both Schoen and Castor agree that this impeachment is unconstitutional — a fact 45 Senators voted in agreement with last week.” Trump was referring to a vote in the Senate last week to declare the impeachment unconstitutional. That vote failed 55-45.
Still, the margin shows Democrats pushing to impeach Trump face stiff opposition and remain short of the two-thirds majority necessary to convict.
Trump is scheduled to stand trial the week of Feb. 8 on a charge he incited his supporters to storm Congress before President Biden’s inauguration in an attempt to halt the peaceful transition of power.
Since then, Republican support for an impeachment has slipped, making a conviction unlikely. Seventeen Republican senators would need to vote with Democrats to convict.
After South Carolina lawyers Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier departed the Trump legal team Saturday, the former president announced his new team via the @45office email message Sunday evening.
“It is an honor to represent the 45th President, Donald J. Trump, and the United States Constitution,” said Schoen in the email.
“I consider it a privilege to represent the 45th President. The strength of our Constitution is about to be tested like never before in our history,” Castor stated. “It is strong and resilient. A document written for the ages, and it will triumph over partisanship yet again, and always.”
The first email from the @45office was datelined Palm Beach, Fla. — where Trump is now based at his Mar-a-Lago club. It’s not clear if Trump will appear at his impeachment trial — where he could defend himself in what would be an epic event.
Sunday night’s email does add, in length, the bios of both Schoen and Castor.
Schoen represented victims of terrorism under the Anti-Terrorism Act, the bio states. Castor is a former acting Attorney General in Pennsylvania where Philadelphia Magazine dubbed him a “Super Lawyer.”
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