A South Carolina attorney will represent Donald Trump in his Senate impeachment trial.
Butch Bowers, a Columbia-based federal litigator has over three decades of experience including Chairman of the South Carolina State Election Commission from 2004-07. He’s one of the only attorneys in the Carolinas to pass the bar for the U.S. Supreme Court, according to his website.
Trump’s top adviser, Jason Miller, announced on Twitter Thursday that Bowers was the latest addition to the former president’s legal defense team.
A date for the Senate trial has not been set, but some lawmakers have called for a delay until late February. Others want the case dismissed since the former president is now a private citizen. Trump is the only president in U.S. history to go through two separate impeachment proceedings. Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) was said to have played a major role in arranging Bowers to represent Trump.
Bowers previously advised fellow South Carolina Republicans Nikki Haley and Mark Sanford. He represented Sanford at his state impeachment proceedings in 2009. Sanford faced 37 ethics charges, but the case was voted down by the S.C. House of Representatives. In 2012, he defended Haley against allegations for abuse of power while serving as a member of the S.C. House of Representatives.
Bowers graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1988 and completed his master’s degree at the College of Charleston in 1993. He’s been a member of the South Carolina Air National Guard Since 1983, according to his website.