WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s legal team on Saturday will begin its three days of opening arguments disputing the Democrats’ impeachment case and arguing that the president did nothing wrong.
Here are the key players on Trump’s team:
White House counsel Patrick Cipollone: He has been working on impeachment since the House began its inquiry in September and handled most of the White House argument during this week’s Senate debate over the rules for the trial. He also faced allegations that he made false statements about the case.
Private attorney Jay Sekulow: He also represented Trump during former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference in the 2016 election. A veteran litigator who has often argued before the Supreme Court, Sekulow also addressed senators during the rules debate.
Also on the team
Alan Dershowitz: A professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, Dershowitz has often argued Trump’s case on television. Dershowitz says he plans to speak to the Senate about constitutional issues surrounding the impeachment case.
Kenneth Starr: The independent counsel whose investigation helped lead to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton during the 1990s, Starr has also defended Trump on television. Officials said plans are being made for Starr and the other additions to the legal team to speak to the Senate.
Robert Ray: The attorney who replaced Starr as independent counsel in the Clinton case. He is also a frequent television commentator on behalf of Trump.
Pam Bondi: The former Florida attorney general worked with the White House during the impeachment inquiry.
Jane Raskin: She also worked for Trump during the Mueller investigation.
Eric Herschmann: He is an attorney with the Kasowitz Benson Torres legal firm, which has represented Trump on various cases for the last 15 years.
White House staff members
Patrick Philbin and Michael Purpura: Cipollone’s deputies argued before the Senate during the rules fight, challenging the House impeachment process and defending Trump’s decision to temporarily withhold aid from Ukraine.
Reps. Doug Collins, Mike Johnson, Jim Jordan, Debbie Lesko, Mark Meadows, John Ratcliffe, Elise Stefanik, and Lee Zeldin.
The White House has supplemented its legal team with eight vocal House Republicans who fought the impeachment drive in that chamber. They are not scheduled to argue the case during the Senate trial, but will provide legal advice and make media appearances, officials said.