Trump tells aides not to pay Giuliani’s legal fees: report
President Trump has reportedly instructed his aides to cease payments to his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani 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 Graham (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 Cohen, 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.”
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) January 14, 2021
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