Media-savvy Sekulow set to hold his own on Trump's big-name legal team

CNN | 1/21/2020 | Staff
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(CNN)Flanked by an independent counsel whose name is already etched into impeachment history and a marquee constitutional scholar who has stood beside some of the most notorious defendants in a generation, most lawyers would run the risk of being overshadowed.

But Jay Sekulow, one of President Donald Trump's personal attorneys since his first few months in office, is just as accustomed to the spotlight. Having weathered the former special counsel's probe into Russian election interference, Sekulow has also proven himself adept at waging battles on behalf of the President -- even when working off less-than-ideal facts.

Sekulow - Counterweight - Pat - Cipollone - White

Sekulow will serve as a prime-time-tested counterweight to Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel expected to lead Trump's defense team, when the Senate trial begins in earnest on Tuesday. The team is rounded out with Ken Starr, the famed independent counsel who made the last impeachment case, against Bill Clinton, and Alan Dershowitz, who represented OJ Simpson and Jeffrey Epstein.

A litigator and media fixture for much of his career, Sekulow has argued 12 cases before the Supreme Court. His turn as a top defender on the Senate floor starting this week, however, will be his highest-profile role on the biggest stage to date.

Sekulow - Cipollone - Members - Team - Month

Sekulow, Cipollone and members of their team have spent more than a month shaping their arguments in preparation for the Senate trial -- and yet sources close to the legal team say the speaking order of the lawyers involved and precise content of their arguments remain fluid heading into the start of the trial.

A person familiar with the preparations said the legal team has built such flexibility into their defense because House Democrats have the opportunity to argue first, and Trump's lawyers expect to mold their presentation into a direct rebuttal of that case.

Lawyers - Plan

Even so, the lawyers have settled on a general plan for...
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