PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As Donald Trump's second impeachment trial gets underway this week, one of the lawyers representing the former president, former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor, addressed what he calls the "vitriol online" directed at Trump’s defense team.
Castor credits the division in the country for the anger directed at him and co-counsel David Schoen.
"The fact that it's been so nasty online really makes you wonder if people don’t recognize that everyone has First Amendment freedoms, everyone is entitled to due process of law, the high and the low," he said. "In this country it seems as though we've made a bloodsport out of taking the high down."
Castor said he's a lawyer and Trump is entitled to a defense, and the former president asked Castor to represent him.
"I have an obligation to help him. That obligation belongs to a lawyer his whole career," he said.
"It is hard to believe the division in this country has led to the vitriol online that has met those of us asked to defend the president."
Castor explained the crux of his defense will focus on the constitutionality of impeaching a president after he's left office. But he also said they'll argue charges fail to meet the bar for incitement, as there's personal responsibility for those who took part in the violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.