“This is political theater and I’m neither a politician nor an actor. I don’t see any role for me as a lawyer, ”said Alan Dershowitz, the Trump attorney who joined Trump’s impeachment team last January.
Unlike Dershowitz, who has been scrutinized by bipartisan lawmakers for his ties to late-convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, Trump’s new attorney was lauded Thursday by some of his former Republican clients. The South Carolina-based attorney previously represented former Govs. Nikki Haley and Mark Sanford, serving as Attorney General for the South Carolina National Guard.
“Butch is a good friend and a good lawyer. President Trump is lucky to have him on his team, “Haley said through a spokesman.
Sanford, who was represented by Bowers during his own struggle against impeachment after fling to Argentina with a mistress while serving as governor of South Carolina, described Bowers as “ethical and competent”.
“Butch is a top notch person. In the fifteen years I’ve worked with Butch in a variety of roles, it’s been just a kind of run-of-the-mill business. He’s been shallow and professional,” Sanford said, adding that he does I don’t think Bowers will use his position on Trump’s defense team to reinforce the ex-president’s baseless allegations of election fraud.
Bowers Hire’s news was first reported by Punchbowl News.
Some Trump allies believe the president plans to use his trial to further his baseless claims that his election was stolen, according to two former advisers familiar with his strategy. However, one of the helpers warned that no defense strategy had been finally agreed.
Bowers’ story suggests that the ex-president wants to focus on how votes were cast and counted in the 2020 cycle. Bowers served as the Justice Department’s special voting adviser under President George W. Bush and served as an attorney in Florida for John McCain’s 2008 presidential election.
“All I can say is based on the Butch Bowers I know and respect. I would hope it will not be used as a tool for advancing the president’s conspiracy theories,” said Sanford.
Trump’s move to bolster his defense team comes a week after House Democrats charged him for the second time on Jan. 6 for inciting the US Capitol uprising. Hundreds of pro-Trump protesters stormed the building – injuring police officers and forcing them to evacuate members of Congress – following a rally with the ex-president outside the White House.
During that rally, Trump encouraged protesters to “go down to the Capitol” – a phrase that is likely to become a focus of his impeachment process. Less than two hours after Trump made the comment, hundreds of his supporters stormed through a security area outside the building and eventually went inside.
Trump’s decision to hire Bowers was announced by his ally Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) During a Senate GOP meeting Thursday. Senate Minority Chairman Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Has asked Trump to be given two weeks to prepare his litigation for trial. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said they had received a proposal from McConnell “which only deals with pre-trial motions” and “to review and discuss with him.”
Graham, who said he has known Bowers “a long time,” said Trump is still assembling his legal team. “Butch Bowers I think will be the anchor tenant type,” said Graham.
Trump, Graham told reporters, believes that impeaching the president “is unconstitutional and harms his presidency.” Legal scholars disagree with this assessment, arguing that one form of punishment Trump could receive – a ban on running for office – makes it clear that the founders envisioned impeachment as a tool that targeted current and former Presidents could be applied.
Bowers could not be reached for comment.