If you’re Donald Trump and the country’s most highly skilled and respected lawyers refuse to represent you, who do you turn to? In the case of the former president, one is an attorney who thinks Jeffrey Epstein was murdered and the other is a former prosecutor who dismissed the claims of a Bill Cosby rape accuser.
Having had his previously assembled legal team resign en masse and facing a Senate impeachment trial next week the former president has chosen David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor Jr. to lead his new defense team. A statement issued Sunday evening by Trump’s “Office of the Former President” said the two men will bring “national profiles and significant trial experience in high-profile cases to the effort.”
Here’s what we know about each. Schoen is an Atlanta-based trial attorney who met with Epstein just days before his suicide in a Manhattan jail, where he was being held in advance of his trial on sex trafficking charges. Schoen said in an interview with the Atlanta Jewish Times that Epstein “had asked me to take over his case, to quarterback the team.” Of Epstein’s death by hanging he said, “I don’t believe it was suicide. … I think someone killed him. I don’t like to speculate. I’m not a conspiracy theorist.” Schoen previously represented Trump pal Roger Stone when he sought to appeal his conviction for lying and witness tampering in a congressional investigation.
The other new Trump attorney, Castor, is a former prosecutor in Montgomery County, Pa., who failed to prosecute Cosby after Andrea Constand went to his office with sexual assault allegations against the former entertainer. Ultimately Constand delivered a powerful victim impact statement at Cosby’s 2018 sentencing.
It’s unknown if Trump is considering bringing any other lawyers into his legal team to join Schoen and Castor. It may not even matter who or how many lawyers he lines up for his defense since 45 senators already have decided that impeaching a president who is out of office is unconstitutional.