Beijing, January 24 (Xinhua) according to the associated press on the 23rd, former US President trump asked South Carolina election and ethics lawyer Butch powers for help, asking the other party to defend his impeachment case.
According to reports, Butch Bowles is used to defending public officials in moral cases and has rich experience in defending elected officials and political candidates. However, he has never defended a current or former president of the United States for impeachment.
On January 20, 2021 local time, trump boarded the “Marine Corps 1” presidential helicopter in Washington, USA.
According to the report, Republican Senator Lindsay Graham recommended Bowles to trump. Jason Miller, an adviser to trump, also said he believed that powers “will do a good job in defending trump.”.
Mr. powers did not respond to requests for comment. At present, the possible defense strategy of powers is not clear, but many Republicans question whether “impeachment of the former president” is constitutional.
The report points out that for trump, who has been impeached twice, the impeachment result may have a huge impact. If convicted, trump may be banned from holding public office again, thus breaking his hope of running for the US president again in 2024.
After the riots in the Capitol building on January 6, the Democratic controlled house of Representatives voted on the impeachment clause against trump on January 13, accusing him of “sedition”. At that time, it was only one week before he left office as president of the United States. Trump became the first president in American history to be impeached twice by the house of Representatives.
Senate majority leader and Democrat Schumer said on the 22nd that the statements of the prosecution and defense will begin in the week of February 8. According to the U.S. Constitution, the Senate must have at least two-thirds, or 67 senators, to convict trump.
The US House of Representatives impeached trump for the first time in December 2019, accusing him of abusing his power and obstructing Congress. In January 2020, the Senate vetoed the two impeachment provisions after the trial.