COLUMBIA — A second Columbia attorney is joining former President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team.
Like Trump’s lead lawyer, Butch Bowers, who was announced last week, Deborah Barbier runs her own small firm. Trump has encountered trouble hiring legal help because larger law firms do not want to get involved in the impeachment, national reports have said.
Barbier’s appointment was announced Monday in an email sent to dozens of lawyers from Greenville attorney Wallace Lightsey, South Carolina committee chair for the American College of Trial Lawyers. The email was obtained by The Post and Courier.
“Regardless of one’s personal view of Mr. Trump, it says a great deal about Debbie’s skill and reputation as a trial lawyer that she was chosen for this task, and I am very proud to be her colleague,” Lightsey wrote. “We know you will acquit yourself well (even though some of us may be hoping that your client is not).”
Lightsey said in an…