Trump impeachment defense team adds three new lawyers while two others leave

Trump’s impeachment defense team has added three new lawyers.

According to CNN “Johnny Gasser and Greg Harris, two prominent South Carolina defense lawyers, have agreed to defend Trump along with Joshua Howard, a North Carolina defense lawyer.”

The reports explains “Howard worked as an associate independent counsel on the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky investigations during the Clinton presidency and spent a decade in the Justice Department where he worked on the confirmations of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.”

Meanwhile, Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, who were expected to be two of the lead attorneys, have left.

Maggie Haberman of the NY Times tweeted:

Confirming CNN report that Bowers and Barbier, two SC lawyers hired with fanfare, are no longer on his team. A person familiar with the situation called it a “mutual” decision.

Bowers has been noticeably muted for someone leading a Trump defense, choosing not to talk to most reporters. The person familiar with the situation said there was no chemistry between Bowers and Trump.

Josh Howard, an NC-based lawyer who had been reported as joining the effort but who was never confirmed by Trump advisers publicly, is also not on the team, per a second person familiar with the situation. Unclear who is on the team.