Pat Cipollone will lead Trump impeachment defense team as Senate trial set

President Trump’s legal defense roster is nearly finalized, and White House counsel Pat Cipollone will lead a team of lawyers during the high-stakes Senate impeachment trial starting next Tuesday.

Sources familiar with the decision said Cipollone, who joined the Trump administration in October 2018 following the departure of Don McGahn, will be joined by Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow, who began representing the president in summer 2017 as the White House navigated special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation. The duo, along with Cipollone’s deputies Patrick Philbin and Michael Purpura, will defend Trump against articles of impeachment passed by the Democratic House of Representatives last month that allege Trump abused his
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