Two legal icons are about to join the Trump legal defense team – Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz.
The two will join Pat A. Cipollone and Jay Sekulow, President Trump’s personal lawyer.
The NYTimes reports
President Trump plans to add former independent counsel Ken Starr and the celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz to his defense team for the Senate impeachment trial that gets underway in earnest next week, turning to two veterans of politically charged legal cases to secure his acquittal.
Mr. Starr, whose investigation into President Bill Clinton led to his impeachment for perjury and obstruction of justice in 1998, will be joined by Robert W. Ray, his successor as independent counsel who negotiated a final settlement with Mr. Clinton that included a fine and law license suspension, according to a person briefed on the plan.
Mr. Dershowitz, a Harvard Law School professor emeritus who became famous as a defense counsel for high-profile defendants like O.J. Simpson, will have a more limited role than the two former independent counsels, presenting oral arguments at the Senate trial “to address the constitutional arguments against impeachment and removal,” the legal team said in a statement.
The built-out team, which will be led by the White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone, and Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, faces the dual challenge of preserving the president’s support among Republican senators and presenting his case to the wider public watching on television during an election year.
As long as Senate Republicans stick with Mr. Trump as expected, his accusers will not be able to muster the two-thirds vote required for conviction.