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Trump hires South Carolina lawyer Bowers for impeachment defense By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO:  U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland

By Steve Holland and Karen Freifeld

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump has hired South Carolina-based lawyer Butch Bowers to represent him in his Senate impeachment trial over a charge that he incited insurrection, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

The development was first reported by Punchbowl News. Bowers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

While relatively unknown on the national stage, Bowers has represented former Republican governors in South Carolina and served in the U.S. Justice Department under Republican former President George W. Bush, according to his website.

Bakari Sellers, a former South Carolina politician and a Democrat, said on Twitter that Bowers is a “very good” lawyer.

The House of Representatives on Jan. 13 made Trump the first U.S. president to be impeached twice, charging him with inciting an insurrection, focused on an incendiary speech he del

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