President Trump recently announced the decision to tap former United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, Rudy Giuliani, to his legal team. Giuliani, who also served as the Mayor for New York City, brings more than 30 years of legal experience to aid the president in what is believed to be the end of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
As Fox Business reports, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz applauded the decision.
“I think it was probably a very wise decision for the president to bring Giuliani on board,” Dershowitz said. “He knows all the tricks. He knows all the tactics.”
I am excited about Giuliani joining Trump’s legal team to help bring the Mueller probe to a conclusion though.
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Per Fox Business:
Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow announced the appointment of Giuliani in a statement Thursday and quoted the President as saying, “Rudy is great,” Sekulow quoted Trump as saying. “He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country.”
Giuliani was a former United States attorney for the Southern District of New York for much of the 1980s, prosecuting some of Wall Street’s most high-profile cases.
“[Giuliani] is one of the most effective and successful prosecutors in the history of the Southern District,” Dershowitz said.
Some people are speculating the addition could also point to Guiliani potentially scoring a position within the administration. Rumors circulated last year that President Trump was growing aggravated with Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself in matters relating to the Russian investigation. At the time, the rumor mill began to offer Guiliani’s name as a potential replacement. Guiliani’s addition to Trump’s legal team could point towards a move to confirm those rumors.
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been in hot water with the President and some critics suggest it won’t be long before he resigns.
“Sessions really pulled the wool over the president’s eyes,” Dershowitz said. “He should have told him before he accepted the job, ‘Look, I am going to accept the job and I am going to recuse myself from the most important investigation,’” Dershowitz said.
But, could Guiliani become the natural successor as Attorney General if he is successful against special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe?
“I am not sure he wants the job,” Dershowitz said. “I think he might have been able to have it if he wanted it earlier.”
Here’s more on Guiliani’s addition, per Politico:
President Donald Trump’s legal team got a significant boost of big-name talent and criminal-law expertise on Thursday with the addition of Rudy Giuliani and two other former federal prosecutors coming at a critical time for the widespread Russia inquiry and a high-stakes criminal investigation into the president’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
The hiring of the former New York mayor, along with the husband-wife law partners Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin, came just hours after a federal judge raised doubts about the scope of the order used to appoint special counsel Robert Mueller to look into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and shortly before the Justice Department delivered to Congress copies of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos documenting his interactions with the president last year.
The additions also came on the eve of a hearing on Friday in Los Angeles on a bid by the president and Cohen to delay a lawsuit filed by Stormy Daniels, the adult-film actress who claims to have had a sexual encounter with Trump about a decade ago.
Giuliani, a longtime friend and outspoken ally of the president’s who was on the short list to be his first secretary of state, is expected to take a lead role as Trump’s personal representative in navigating the Mueller investigation. He replaces John Dowd, the prominent white-collar defense attorney who resigned last month just days after calling for the Russia investigation to be shuttered.
Trump’s legal team has been missing a big-name expert on criminal law since Dowd’s departure. Ty Cobb, a white-collar defense expert, is handling only the official White House response to the Russia investigation. On the personal front, Trump has been leaning on Jay Sekulow and several of his associates from the American Center for Law & Justice. He’s also staying in touch with other longtime lawyers and legal advisers, including Marc Kasowitz and Jeanine Pirro, the Fox News host.