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Trump parts with impeachment lawyers week before trial

Lawyers depart in what is described as 'mutual decision'
President Donald Trump gives thumbs up to supporters on motorcade route to Mar-a-Lago, Jan. 20, 2021
Posted at 12:38 AM, Jan 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-31 00:38:54-05

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump has parted ways with his lead impeachment lawyers just over a week before his trial.

That's according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday.

The change injects fresh uncertainty into the makeup and strategy of Trump's defense team.

The departing lawyers, Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, have left the defense team in what one person described as a "mutual decision" that reflected a difference of opinion on the direction of the case.

Trump is set to stand trial on the week of Feb. 8 on a charge that he incited the riot inside the U.S. Capitol.