The team of lawyers expected to guide President Donald Trump toward an election-year acquittal in the Senate expanded suddenly Friday to include Kenneth Starr and Alan Dershowitz, two of the biggest legal celebrities of the 1990s.
Starr, the independent counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton, and Dershowitz, the Harvard Law emeritus professor who advised the defense team in football star O.J. Simpson’s murder trial, were announced as the newest members of Trump’s defense. The group will also include former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi and former independent counsel Robert Ray, according to Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s personal attorneys, who will lead the defense with the White House counsel Pat Cipollone.
The four new lawyers were selected personally by Trump for their political-legal celebrity and vocal defenses of the president in the media – and despite the significant professional baggage that several of them bring to the impeachment saga.
Trump faces possible removal from office after the House impeached him last month on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He is expected to survive the trial, thanks to the Senate’s Republican majority, though a weeks-long spectacle laying out allegations about his conduct toward Ukraine could be an embarrassing ordeal for the president.