Rudy Giuliani not representing Donald Trump in legal matters
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is not currently representing Donald Trump in any legal matters, according to a spokesman for the former president, Jason Miller. Giuliani had served as Trump’s personal lawyer since 2018 and was one of the main figures representing Trump in his failed legal efforts to challenge the 2020 election results.
“Mayor Giuliani is not currently representing President Trump in any legal matters,” Miller said in a statement on Tuesday.
He later clarified on Twitter that while there are “no pending cases” where Giuliani is representing Trump, the former mayor “remains an ally and a friend.”
The new information came after the NAACP and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) sued Trump, Giuliani, and two far-right organizations, accusing them of conspiring to incite the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Dominion Voting Systems also sued Giuliani last week for defamation for spreading falsehoods about the company, seeking more than $1.3 billion in damages.
News that Giuliani is no longer representing Trump touched off a bit of a media frenzy, with the Daily Mail publishing a headline claiming that Trump “dumped” his former personal lawyer. Miller’s subsequent tweet suggested that the two men are still on good terms.
It is unclear who will represent Trump in the suit filed on Tuesday, which accuses Trump and the other defendants of violating a Reconstruction-era law commonly known as the Ku Klux Klan Act.
Giuliani and Trump campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis led the team that unsuccessfully contested President Biden’s victory in states including Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia. The team at one point included conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell, but the campaign distanced itself from her days after she appeared alongside Giuliani and made wild and false allegations about voter fraud. Powell went on to meet with Trump in a reportedly chaotic encounter in the Oval Office in December.
Giuliani was initially expected to be part of Trump’s defense team at his impeachment trial but said last month he would not participate, citing the possibility he could be a witness. Giuliani along with Trump made remarks at the Jan. 6 “Save America” rally that preceded the Capitol violence.
Trump was acquitted of the charge of inciting insurrection at the Capitol in the Senate impeachment trial, which concluded on Saturday. A total of 57 senators voted to convict the former president and 43 to acquit, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed for a conviction.
Trump may face further legal peril, however, as the lawsuit on Tuesday portended. Miller said in response to the lawsuit that the “facts are irrefutable” and Trump “did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6th.”
The theme of the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference is “America Uncanceled.” But this week, just days before CPAC was set to kick off in Orlando, Florida, conference organizers announced they’d had to cancel one of their own scheduled speakers. “We have just learned that someone we invited to CPAC has expressed reprehensible views that have no home with our conference or our organization,” CPAC organizers tweeted Monday, referring to right-wing social media figure Young Pharaoh.
At least eight 2024 hopefuls will speak at CPAC, the conservative movement’s premier conference this weekend in Florida, giving Republicans their clearest look yet at who’s competing in the traditional GOP presidential lanes. But there’s only one lane that really matters: the one currently occupied by former President Donald Trump.
House conservatives are renewing their calls for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) to step down from her leadership post after she split with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) over whether former President Trump should speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). House Freedom Caucus members are going after Cheney, chair of the House Republican Conference, following an awkward moment during a press conference Wednesday with the House GOP leader.
Prosecutors obtained the records on Monday, just hours after the US Supreme Court denied Trump's last-ditch effort to keep the records private, a spokesperson for the district attorney said. The millions of pages of documents, sources say, contain Trump's tax returns spanning from January 2011 to August 2019, as well as financial statements, engagement agreements, documents relating to the preparation and review of tax returns, and work papers and communications related to the tax returns.