Less than two weeks before the new impeachment trial that former President Trump will face, his legal team conveyed confidence and optimism by adding two recognized former federal prosecutors who are experts in these types of matters.
Greg Harris told The Associated Press (AP) that he and former acting U.S. Attorney Johnny Gasser have been “confirmed” as joining Trump’s defense team.
As reported by AP, Harris was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina, specializing in the prosecution of political crimes and high-level society members. His biography states that his experience helps him get the best results for the clients he represents as a defense counsel.
Gasser was also part of the same office for years, even assuming the position of interim director. He prosecuted thousands of criminal cases during his time in state and federal government. He left the government in 2007 to form the Law Office of Harris & Gasser, along with Harris.
Both attorneys are experienced in public corruption cases and have successfully represented several well-known officials.
Harris and Gasser join former prosecutor Deborah Barbier and attorney Butch Bowers on the impeachment defense team. Bowers, who has been referred to as the team’s “anchor,” told The Washington Post this week when asked about his defense arguments, “You’ll see our case when we present it, and I think the facts and the law will speak for themselves.”
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Senate received the House’s items and held a vote to move forward with the second impeachment trial against former President Trump. The final vote was 55 senators in favor and 45 against.
The trial could have officially begun on Tuesday, but Republicans pushed to delay it to give Trump a chance to organize his legal team and prepare a defense. The trial is scheduled for Feb. 9.
The Democrats accuse the former president of “inciting insurrection” without valid arguments, alleging that the words said by President Trump during his speech in front of the Capitol provoked protesters to violently break into the Congress premises on Jan. 6.
Never in history has an impeachment trial of a non-incumbent president taken place.
According to Fox News, Article 1 Section 3 of the Constitution reads, “Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of Honor, Trust or Profit under the United States.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that is a clear indication that the purpose of impeachment is to remove the president from office so that he cannot be re-elected.
At the same time, Chief Justice John Roberts, who is supposed to preside over the impeachment, refused to participate, and instead, the Democrats elected another Democrat as chairman.
With many similarities to the previous impeachment against President Trump, the Democrats lack concrete evidence, and their rationale is a vague interpretation of what impeachment means under the Constitution.
For impeachment to pass, 67 votes in favor are needed, which is two-thirds of the senators. This requires that at least 17 senators who voted against the impeachment reverse their vote, which seems unlikely to happen.