Trump hires an impeachment legal professional Who’s … competent ???
So much for the dream of Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, who work their magic in the Senate well. Jason Miller, apparatchik of the Trump campaign, yesterday confirmed news that the former president has hired South Carolina attorney Butch Bowers to represent him in impeachment proceedings on the recommendation of Sen. Lindsey Graham.
After Rudy Giuliani belatedly realized he was likely a witness and therefore unable to serve as a lawyer, there were reports that impeachment could be delayed because Trump couldn’t find a lawyer willing to work for him.
However, with Parliament signaling that it plans to forward the impeachment article to the Senate on Monday, Bowers’ attitude prevents him from having to work with any of the motley crewmen who have represented the president on his disastrous election suits.
“Well, I think he’ll have a good one [legal team]Graham told reporters. “Butch Bowers is going to be some kind of anchor tenant in my opinion. But I’ve known Butch a long time, solid guy. And I think in time they’ll put the team together.”
Indeed, Bowers appears to be a solid lawyer with extensive experience representing stubborn politicians. He defended former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on ethical grounds when she was the state legislature and spoke out in favor of current state Governor Henry McMaster when faced with allegations of accepting excessive contributions. He even has experience of being impeached as attorney for former Governor Mark Sanford after taking his infamous walk on the Appalachian Trail.
This is a huge step up from the JD Esquire Task Force of the Elite Strike Force Super Friends!
It is unclear whether Bowers will defend “perfect, perfect incitement” or take the Republican Senate’s current position that impeachment is illegal after the resignation of the president. In which case, he can bring back law professor Jonathan Turley for a rerun of his last impeachment performance. In fact, Turley is already auditioning a Fox editorial suggesting that the former president should challenge the impeachment in court since he is now outside the jurisdiction of Congress.
“At first glance, the proposed impeachment process is inconsistent with the language of the Constitution, which explicitly states that the removal of a president is the primary purpose of such proceedings,” he wrote. “At this point, Trump will not be president or in office. He will be a citizen and should best serve legally to waive the process as extra-constitutional and invalid. “
To nobody’s surprise, this contradicts Turley’s own position in a 1999 Duke Law Review article, as noted by University of Texas law professor Steve Vladeck.
In fact, Turley completed the flip-flops triple axis with an editorial in The Hill condemning Democrats “breaking not only the impeachment standard but freedom of speech” by indicting a president who told a crowd of insane insurgents they should march on the Capitol and “fight”. In 1998, Turley did anything for Congress to indict President Clinton of unethical, but not illegal, conduct. In 2021 they should really “look” according to the Criminal Code to weigh impeachment offenses. “
So, will Bowers bring Turley back for another lap? Will he treat Giuliani as a friendly or a hostile witness? And will we ever flee 2020?
Hooboy, can’t wait.
The Columbia attorney represents Trump in the impeachment process: “It will be interesting to watch.” [Post and Courier]
Jonathan Turley: Trump Impeachment Proceedings – Why His Best Defense May Not Be Defense [Fox]
Elizabeth Dye lives in Baltimore, where she writes on law and politics.