Outgoing President Donald Trump is reluctant to pay his longtime friend and personal attorney Rudy Giuliani for his legal services incurred while traveling on the president’s behalf to challenge election results in key states — and has instructed staff not to approve the fees, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
“Though Trump has been exceptionally furious with Vice President Pence, his relationship with lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, one of his most steadfast defenders, is also fracturing, according to people with knowledge of the dynamics between the men,” reported Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey, and Ashley Parker.
“Trump has instructed aides not to pay Giuliani’s legal fees, two officials said, and has demanded that he personally approve any reimbursements for the expenses Giuliani incurred while traveling on the president’s behalf to challenge election results in key states,” the report notes. “They said Trump has privately expressed concern with some of Giuliani’s moves and did not appreciate a demand from Giuliani for $20,000 a day in fees for his work attempting to overturn the election.”
Giuliani played a key role in arguing an election fraud suit in Pennsylvania — the first time he has argued in federal court in almost 30 years.
During that case, Giuliani struggled with basic legal terms like “strict scrutiny.”
“Ultimately, Trump’s lawsuits were overwhelmingly rejected by state and federal judges, including judges he himself appointed — which prompted him to instead sign onto a fringe legal theory that Pence could throw out electoral votes during congressional certification, and urging his protesters to attend a rally that evolved into the violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol last week,” RawStory notes.
The Post also adds that as Trump “watched impeachment quickly gain steam, Trump was upset generally that virtually nobody is defending him — including press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, economic adviser Larry Kudlow, national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, according to a senior administration official.”
“The president is pretty wound up,” said the senior administration official, who, like some others interviewed, spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid. “No one is out there.”