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How Donald Trump’s Unlikely Legal Team Will Try to Defend Him

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President Trump’s insight into what captivates the American people, and what draws the attention of the news media, remains remarkable. Consider, for example, how he cast—that seems the right word—the defense team for his impeachment trial, which begins Tuesday, in the United States Senate. There are not many legal celebrities in the United States, but Trump now has two of them: Kenneth Starr, the erstwhile pursuer of Hillary and Bill Clinton as the independent counsel during the Whitewater (and more) matter, and Alan Dershowitz, defender of O.J. Simpson, other famous clients, and, lately, his own conduct. How can we not wonder how Starr, who inveighed against what he called the dishonesty of the Clintons, will contrive to defend this President? What will Dershowitz, a onetime liberal and a civil libertarian, say about his new client, who is openly hostile to the values enshrined in the Bill of Rights? And how did Trump manage to find not one but two famous lawyers who had previously joined forces to defend Jeffrey Epstein, who was a friend of Trump’s?

Five of the President’s eight lawyers have appeared frequently on Fox News, and they’ve been hired to put on an entertaining show for the Senate. (Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, Jane Raskin, a member of Trump’s legal defense team, and Eric Herschmann are the exceptions.) But the showmanship........

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