President Trump recently tapped attorney Rudy Giuliani to join his legal defense team against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and the Stormy Daniels affair case.
While Giuliani has only been representing Trump for less than three weeks, the former mayor of New York City has committed to dedicating all of his time and attention to defending the president. As Politico reports, Giuliani recently resigned from his private law firm to make Trump even more of a priority.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rudy Giuliani is leaving his Manhattan law firm to focus solely on his new role on President Donald Trump’s legal team.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) May 10, 2018
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The former New York mayor initially took an unpaid leave of absence last month from the New York office of Greenberg Traurig, but in a joint statement issued Thursday the firm and Giuliani confirmed the separation was permanent.
“In light of the pressing demands of the Mueller investigation, I believe it is in everyone’s best interest that I make it a permanent resignation,” Giuliani said, referring to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. “This way, my sole concentration can be on this critically important matter for our country.”
Giuliani has become a lightning rod for criticism since taking on a top role on the president’s legal team for his answers during television interviews about Trump’s role in the Stormy Daniels hush money saga, as well as his reason for firing FBI Director James Comey.
Giuliani has taken a lead role in negotiating the terms of an interview between Mueller and Trump, though it’s still unclear if such a meeting will even happen. Giuliani told POLITICO earlier this week the president’s lawyers planned to make a decision by May 17 — the one-year anniversary of the special counsel’s appointment — on whether they’d consent to a sit-down interview or perhaps open up a larger legal battle over a subpoena that could reach the Supreme Court.
New today…. Rudy Giuliani and his now-former law firm say his “temporary leave” to help Trump “for a short period of time” has turned into an “all-consuming” project that is “lasting longer than initially expected.” Therefore the best thing for Rudy to do is leave the firm.
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) May 10, 2018
Here’s more, per CNN:
Richard Rosenbaum, the firm’s executive chairman, said that Giuliani initially planned to play a “limited role, for a short period of time” on Trump’s legal team but that the work has turned out to be “all consuming and is lasting longer than initially anticipated.”
The former New York City mayor joined the President’s legal team last month, saying at the time he intended to work on bringing the special counsel investigation to a conclusion. Trump has repeatedly denounced the inquiry as a “witch hunt” and said there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia.
Since joining the legal team, however, Giuliani has repeatedly made headlines for wading into allegations involving the President and adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had a consensual sexual encounter with Trump more than a decade ago. The White House has said Trump denies the affair.