Trump-world was rocked yet again with the explosive revelation that key figures on Donald Trump’s legal team have quit a little over a week before the former President’s impeachment trial was set to begin. Two lawyers leading former President Donald Trump’s defense in his Senate Impeachment Trial have left the legal team a little over a week before the trial is scheduled to begin, according to a person familiar with the matter:

Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, two attorneys from South Carolina, no longer plan to represent Mr. Trump, the person said Saturday. The decision was mutual, the person said, declining to give a reason for the departures. The departures leave Mr. Trump in a difficult position with the trial set to open on Feb. 8. [WSJ]

These developments only intensify the question of how proactive and public former President Trump intends to be with respect to his trial. New York Times’ Maggie Haberman reports that Trump’s aides are gatekeeping the issue closely, and will likely not allow the President to take an active and public role. Meanwhile, Haberman reports that Trump’s former Chief Strategist and CEO of Trump’s successful 2016 campaign has rather different advice:

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