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Trump's impeachment defense team to include Kenneth Starr, Alan Dershowitz


President Donald Trump will be represented by former Bill Clinton special prosecutors Kenneth Starr and Robert Ray, plus retired Harvard constitutional law professor Alan Dershowitz, at his Senate impeachment trial.

The three well-known attorneys will have specific speaking roles during the upcoming trial and serve as clean-up hitters behind White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow, Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Sekulow said.

Dershowitz has been an outspoken defender of Trump on conservative cable television throughout his presidency. Following last month’s House impeachment votes, he questioned the Democratic strategy of holding back transmitting the articles to the Senate and suggested Trump could take the controversy to the Supreme Court to have the charges tossed out on constitutional grounds.

Starr and Ray have also been prominent Trump defenders dating back to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, though they also on occasion in media interviews have suggested the president deserved the legal scrutiny he was getting.

“If I’m on his criminal defense team, I would be very concerned,” Starr told POLITICO’s Off Message podcast in a September 2018 interview as the investigators probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election considered a subpoena to obtain answers from the president. “I don’t know what President Trump knows, but there have been a number of guilty pleas. Some of those guilty pleas go to false statements, so I would just be cautious” before answering questions from Mueller.

Trump’s floor team will also include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general who joined the White House as an adviser on impeachment last year, and Jane Raskin, a personal attorney for the president and former federal prosecutor who had a lead role in defending Trump in the Mueller probe.

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