Trump tells aides not to pay Giuliani's legal fees: report

President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE has reportedly instructed his aides to cease payments to his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiMo Brooks accuses Swalwell attorney who served papers on his wife of trespassing GOP's Stefanik defends Trump DOJ secret subpoenas Trump, allies pressured DOJ to back election claims, documents show MORE following weeks of efforts aimed at overturning the results of the 2020 election.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Giuliani's expenses are now being personally approved by Trump as the former's efforts to file legal challenges in states around the country on behalf of the president appear to be winding down.

Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Graham, Whitehouse: Global transition to renewables would help national security Hillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals MORE (R-S.C.), a close ally of the president who has spoken with Trump in recent days, told the Post that Trump has come to terms with his election defeat.


“The president has come to grips with it’s over,” Graham told the Post. “That’s tough. He thinks he was cheated, but nothing’s going to change that.”

The apparent end of the president's efforts to legally challenge the results of the presidential election comes nearly two months after the election itself and days after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a violent riot that resulted in five deaths, including a Capitol Police officer. A second officer responding to the scene died days later.

A statement from the president Wednesday called on his supporters to avoid a repeat of that scene during President-elect Biden's inauguration.

“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind,” the president told his supporters. “That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You.”

Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Outrage grows as Justice seeks to contain subpoena fallout Stormy Daniels says her attorney is in contact with prosecutors investigating Trump Organization MORE, Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, tweeted Thursday upon news of Giuliani's reported troubles with Trump, writing: "So #Rudy...now ⁦@POTUS is refusing to pay your legal bills as he’s has [sic] mine. #SueHisAss."