WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former President Donald Trump has parted ways with five of his defense attorneys as of Saturday night. CNN was first to report on the departure, just a little more than one week before the former President is set to stand trial before the Senate for insurrection.
Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, who were expected to be two of the lead attorneys, were announced to have left first. ATR News attempted to reach out to Bowers and Barbier. Our request for comment has been declined.
Josh Howard, an attorney out of North Carolina, while having been recently added to the team, has also left. Johnny Gasser and Greg Harris from South Carolina have also left the team that’s representing Trump, according to sources.
According to CNN, no other attorneys have announced they are working on Trump’s impeachment defense team.
ATR News tried reaching out to someone from Trump’s team by email.
It is not known exactly how many attorneys Trump had in the first place or if the team included former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani or anyone else who was with him while he was President.
Sources familiar with the departures have confirmed that Trump was wanting the attorneys to argue the issues of election fraud and how the election had been stolen from him at the hearing, a baseless claim that has been disputed by multiple government agencies and new organizations.
Also according to sources, neither have the attorneys been paid advance fees nor has a letter of intent been signed.
ATR News Contributing Writer Andy Burton in Livonia, MI contributed to this report.