Trump's defense team is coming together.
Here's the list so far:
Kenneth Starr - In 1994, Starr was appointed to investigate the Whitewater Scandal. From that, he investigated firing of White House Travel Office personnel, potential abuse of confidential FBI files, whether or not the Clinton’s had hidden money in a failed Arkansas bank, Vince Foster’s death, and eventually the Monica Lewinsky scandal that led to Clinton’s impeachment. (Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh worked for Starr digging up dirt on Clinton.) In other words, this guy just kept digging until he found some dirt. In defending Trump on TV this time around, Starr has argued against the “evils of impeachment,” saying “impeachment has become a terrible, terrible thorn in the side of the American democracy and the conduct of American government since Watergate.”
Robert Ray - Took over from Starr after the Lewinsky scandal. Arrested for stalking in 2006.
Jay Sekulow - Has been on Trump's legal team since 2017. Has long been an advocate for school prayer and government funding of religious institutions.
Pat Cippollone - Replace Don McGahn as White House counsel in October 2018 after McGahn told Mueller that Trump had ordered him to falsify records. Cippollone worked as an assistant to William Barr in the early 1990's. Cippollone crated the strategy of non-cooperation with the impeachment inquiry, which led to the 2nd article of impeachment. (Nixon, you may remember, willfully ignored subpoenas issued by the House, refusing to produce documents “deemed necessary… to resolve by direct evidence” what the president had done.)
Alan Dershowitz - Defended Jeffrey Epsten, and also received a message at Epstein's house. Dershowitz said that his role will simply be to present an hour-long argument against impeachment, arguing that “Abuse of power, even if proved, is not an impeachable offense. That’s what the framers rejected. They didn’t want to give Congress the authority to remove a president because he abused his power.” (That would be news to Richard Nixon. since abuse of power was the third article of impeachment against him). Dershowitz , on Thursday night, was on FOX, claiming that the GAO report was wrong, and that "the Constitution does not allow Congress to substitute its own priorities for the foreign policies of the President.” In 2018, Dershowitz released a book titled " The Case Against Impeaching Trump". In January of 2019, he published the book titled, "The Case Against the Democratic House Impeaching Trump".
Pam Bondi - Former Florida Attorney General , who made the news when it came to light that she decided not to pursue dozens of complaints against Trump University in 2013 after her reelection campaign received a $25,000 donation from the Donald J. Trump Foundation.
Media matters notes that the people on Trump’s impeachment team have appeared on the Fox News Channel more than 350 times in the past year.
Selecting Kenneth Starr, though, carries risks. “For everything Starr says to defend Trump, there will be clips of him taking the opposite position against Clinton. It will only underscore the Republican hypocrisy.”
McConnell is doing his best to keep cameras and recording equipment out of the Senate chamber, in order to avoid the circus-like atmosphere of the House hearing) and to limit journalists’ access. Today a coalition of 17 transparency and First Amendment groups asked McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and the leaders of the Senate Rules Committee to lift the unprecedented restrictions on the press and to let CSPAN use cameras.