Former President Donald Trump has hired attorney Butch Bowers to represent him in his Senate impeachment trial. Trump adviser Jason Miller confirmed the news on Twitter, saying Bowers is "well respected by both Republicans and Democrats and will do an excellent job defending President Trump." Bowers is based in South Carolina, and during the George W. Bush administration served in the Justice Department as a special counsel for voting matters. Last week, the House voted to impeach Trump on a charge that he incited an insurrection. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday would not say when she will send the article of impeachment to the Senate. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is expected to ask Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to start pretrial proceedings on Jan. 28, with the trial beginning in mid- or late-February, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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