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Giuliani Wants Trump to Pay For His Mounting Legal Fees

[Writer’s disclosure: I was very recently blocked on Twitter by Rudy Giuliani]

Now that his apartment has been raided by the FBI, Rudy Giuliani is circling the wagons and creating a legal defense for himself. Giuliani, who until recently was exclusively Donald Trump’s lawyer, has been complaining to his allies since at least January that Trump wasn’t paying him for his legal services. Rudy is in his own hot water now, and so he needs his most famous former client to pay up.

Good luck with that, Rudy.

BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ – NOVEMBER 20: President-elect Donald Trump talks with Rudy Giuliani after a meeting at the clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster Township, N.J. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have been examining communications between Giuliani and Ukrainian officials as he tried to find damaging information about President Biden and his son, Hunter, before the election. Prosecutors are investigating whether Giuliani lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials who were helping him, a potential violation of federal law and the basis for Trump’s first impeachment trial.

Giuliani, who has not yet been charged, denied any wrongdoing and continues to denounce the searches as “corrupt.” However, the former NYC Mayor is currently being sued for defamation by two voting machine companies, Dominion and Smartmatic, for his false claims that the companies were involved in a conspiracy to flip votes to President Biden. Giuliani also recently added four new lawyers to his defense team, and all of those billable hours add up.

Trump has been distancing himself from Giuliani after a string of embarrassing public appearances. Giuliani memorably held a series of bizarre press conferences where he ranted about Mickey Mouse and made a case for Trump’s presidency as his hair dye melted down his face during another. Giuliani also brought out his best (read: worst) Joe Pesci impression, while quoting a scene from My Cousin Vinny, all in an increasingly unhinged effort to keep Trump in the White House.

Giuliani had encouraged Trump to file challenges to the election and was tasked Mr. Giuliani with leading the effort in November. But when Giuliani’s associate, Maria Ryan, sent an email to Trump campaign officials seeking $20,000 a day for his work, Trump refused to pay. Before Trump left the White House in January, he agreed to reimburse Giuliani for more than $200,000 in expenses but not to pay a fee.

Trump later told his advisers he didn’t want Giuliani to receive any payments.

 

Giuliani of all people should know that Trump has a history of undercutting, underpaying, or completely stiffing people who have worked for him. From low-level maintenance and grounds workers to high-ranking staffers, Trump would bury anyone who dared sue him for compensation in countersuits and appeals until they were forced to quit out of pure financial exhaustion.

 

 



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