- South Carolina lawyers Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier have left the defense team, a source said.
- Trump was impeached earlier this month for “incitement of insurrection” over the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots.
p class=”speakable”>South Carolina lawyers Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier and former federal prosecutors Greg Harris, Johnny Gasser and Josh Howard had left the defense team by Saturday, a source said, calling it a mutual decision.
The source said the lawyers left over a difference of opinion on the direction of the defense’s argument.
New additons were expected to join in the week ahead.
The upheaval injected fresh uncertainty into the makeup and strategy of Trump’s defense team as he prepared to face charges that he incited the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Trump was all but certain to be acquitted, however, because all but five Republicans in the Senate voted earlier this month to dismiss the trial.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.