Donald Trump may no longer be the president, but his critics will soon remember that he’s one of the toughest fighters in the country.
We recently reported that the articles of impeachment against him could be sent to the Senate in preparation for an upcoming trial as soon as Friday, January 22. Presumably, in anticipation of the process moving quickly, Trump has hired the best of the best — a prominent lawyer out of South Carolina named Butch Bowers.
You may not be familiar with the name, but believe me — you will be soon. Bowers has an impressive defense resume, having served as counsel under George W. Bush and a number of Republican governors.
Excited to announce that Columbia, SC-based Butch Bowers has joined President Trump’s legal team. Butch is well respected by both Republicans and Democrats and will do an excellent job defending President Trump.
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) January 21, 2021
Reuters has the story:
Former President Donald Trump has hired South Carolina-based lawyer Butch Bowers to represent him in his Senate impeachment trial over a charge that he incited insurrection, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
Bowers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
While relatively unknown on the national stage, Bowers has represented former Republican governors in South Carolina and served in the U.S. Justice Department under Republican former President George W. Bush, according to his website.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Trump ally, recommended Bowers, the source said.
In 2012, Bowers represented then-Governor Nikki Haley in an ethics hearing over allegations that she engaged in illegal lobbying while she was a state representative. Haley was cleared of wrongdoing.
In 2009, Bowers represented then-Governor Mark Sanford in an ethics hearing over his use of a state aircraft for a secret five-day trip to Argentina to see a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair. Sanford agreed to pay $74,000 to settle charges that his personal travel and campaign spending violated state ethics laws, but he continued to deny wrongdoing.
Bowers, a graduate of Tulane University’s law school, has his own law firm and is associated with the Miller Law Group. Bowers said on that firm’s website that he enjoyed “bird hunting” and “good bourbon.”
Bakari Sellers, a former South Carolina politician and a Democrat, said on Twitter that Bowers is a “very good” lawyer.
Trump’s trial is likely to begin sometime around mid-February in order to give Bowers time to prepare, Republican Senator Mike Braun told reporters on Thursday.
As we all know, Trump only hires the very best, so Senate Democrats — and the Republican RINOs — who want to seem him convicted now face an entirely new challenge, and that’s getting past Bowers, who will likely mount one of the greatest legal defenses in impeachment history.
Only time will tell how it all shakes out, but it’s sure to be one heck of a trial.
Former President Donald Trump told associates he hired the South Carolina attorney to represent him in his Senate impeachment trial, said a person familiar with the matter https://t.co/uVJ9X5yDbl
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) January 21, 2021