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Trump loses lead impeachment lawyers a week before trial

Donald Trump
Posted at 9:25 PM, Jan 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-30 21:25:29-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has parted ways with his lead impeachment lawyers little more than a week before his trial. That's according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday.

The change injects fresh uncertainty into the makeup and strategy of Trump's defense team.

The departing lawyers, Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, have left the defense team in what one person described as a “mutual decision” that reflected a difference of opinion on the direction of the case.

Trump is set to stand trial on the week of Feb. 8 on a charge that he incited the riot inside the U.S. Capitol.