President Donald Trump on Friday sought to distance himself from attorney Rudy Giuliani, even casting doubts about whether the former New York mayor is still his personal lawyer.
Asked by reporters whether Giuliani remained his personal attorney, Trump said: “I don’t know.”
Trump won't say if Rudy Giuliani is still his attorney
'I dont know. I haven't spoken to Rudy… he has been my attorney' pic.twitter.com/0UY3c38NkP
— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) October 11, 2019
“I haven’t spoken to Rudy,” Trump said as he was leaving the White House for a political rally in Louisiana.
“I spoke to him yesterday, briefly,” he added. “He’s a very good attorney and he has been my attorney, yeah sure.”
Giuliani confirmed to USA TODAY shortly afterward that he’s still Trump’s lawyer.
“He hasn’t told me otherwise,” he said.
Asked if Rudy Giulaini is still his personal attorney, Trump says, "I don't know" pic.twitter.com/Wct6DzW6cK
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 11, 2019
Trump’s efforts to distance himself from Giuliani come in the wake of reports that Giuliani is under federal investigation by prosecutors at the Southern District of New York.
His remarks also followed the arrest late Wednesday of two of Giuliani’s associates, Ukranian-born business partners Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, at Dulles International Airport. The two were arrested by FBI agents and charged with in connection with alleged schemes to funnel foreign money to U.S. political campaigns.
Prosecutors say Parnas and Fruman helped Giuliani meet a Ukrainian prosecutor in the effort to gather dirt on Biden and his son Hunter, who once had business interests in Ukraine. Federal officials said Parnas and Fruman were arrested as they prepared to board an international flight with one-way tickets.