The president’s legal team will also include Ken Starr, the special prosecutor in the 1988 Bill Clinton impeachment
Trump is accused of abusing his office by pressuring Ukraine to dig up dirt on a Democratic election rival Joe Biden
America’s most famous celebrity lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, said on Friday he would be part of the legal team defending President Donald Trump in his Senate
According to US media reports, another high-profile member of the team will be Ken Starr, the special prosecutor in the 1988 Bill Clinton impeachment.
Starr is a hero to many on the right, even if Clinton ultimately was acquitted in the Senate.
“Professor Dershowitz will present oral arguments at the Senate trial to address the constitutional arguments against impeachment and removal,” said a statement on his Twitter account.
“He believes the issues at stake go to the heart of our enduring Constitution.”
With past clients including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, O.J. Simpson, film director Roman Polanski and Mike Tyson, Dershowitz is probably the best known lawyer to the stars in the US.
He will be part of a team with serious firepower headed by the White House’s discreet but uncompromising counsel Pat Cipollone.
, a Republican, is accused of abusing his office by pressuring Ukraine to dig up dirt on a Democratic election rival Joe Biden.
Trump was impeached on charges of abuse of power and obstructing Congress.
The Senate opened the trial on Thursday and senators were sworn in as jurors. The trial resumes on Tuesday.
The president insists he did nothing wrong, and he dismissed the trial anew on Thursday at the White House: “It’s totally partisan. It’s a hoax.”
Eventual acquittal is expected in the Republican-controlled Senate. However, new revelations are mounting about Trump’s actions toward
The Government Accountability Office said on Thursday that the White House violated federal law in withholding the security assistance to Ukraine, which shares a border with hostile Russia.
At the same time, an indicted associate of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas, has turned over to prosecutors new documents linking the president to the shadow foreign policy being run by Giuliani.
The developments applied fresh pressure to senators to call more witnesses for the trial, a main source of contention that is still to be resolved. The White House has instructed officials not to comply with subpoenas from Congress requesting witnesses or other information.
Cipollone is behind the White House’s strategy of refusing to cooperate with Democratic investigators throughout the impeachment probe.
The White House has yet to announce the full team but confirms that Cipollone will be the lead lawyer, backed by Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow.