Former President Trump’s allies have recently approached Johnny Gasser and Greg Harris, two prominent criminal defense lawyers in Columbia, South Carolina, about joining the defense team for the upcoming impeachment trial, people familiar with the discussions said.
Gasser, a former interim US attorney for South Carolina, and Harris, a former federal prosecutor, have worked closely with Deborah Barbier, a lawyer with a reputation for tackling high-profile, controversial clients, on the defense side. Last week, Trump announced that Butch Bowers, an experienced political attorney who has represented numerous Republican elected officials, including former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, would lead his legal team.
Gasser and Harris each declined to comment.
The possible addition of Gasser and Harris would give significant boost to the courtroom trial aspect of the impeachment proceeding, but Trump allies say that they still need an attorney strong on constitutional issues.
Trump aides declined to comment Tuesday on the ongoing formation of the legal team, CNN's Jeff Zeleny reported.