Mick Mulvaney 'concerned' by Giuliani role in Trump election case

Former acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE said on Wednesday that he was “concerned” by Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani hires attorneys who defended Harvey Weinstein The FBI should turn off the FARA faucet Michael Cohen on Giuliani's legal fees: He won't get 'two cents' from Trump MORE’s role in the Trump campaign’s legal efforts challenging election results. 

His comments come after Giuliani appeared in court Tuesday on behalf of the campaign just hours before a hearing in a case seeking to stop Pennsylvania from certifying its election results. 

In an interview on Fox Business’s “Mornings With Maria,” Mulvaney said it was important for the campaign to move forward with its legal challenges, but slammed the use of the president’s personal attorney in those efforts as opposed to more experienced lawyers. 


“I’m still a little concerned about the use of Rudy Giuliani,” Mulvaney said. “It strikes me that this is the most important lawsuit in the history of the country and they’re not using the most well-noted election lawyers.” 

President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE announced over the weekend that Giuliani would lead his legal effort in the wake of the election.

However, the former New York City mayor's association with the president has come under scrutiny, partially due to media appearances in which he made embarrassing gaffes. Most recently, he was criticized for holding a press conference in the parking lot of a landscaping company near a pornography shop.

“This is not a television program, this is the real thing,” Mulvaney said. “So on one hand, I think it needs to go forward. It absolutely does. I wish that it was being prosecuted a little more efficiently.”

Giuliani denied to The New York Times that he asked the campaign for $20,000 per day for his legal services. The newspaper reported that some Trump allies were concerned that Giuliani was pushing for legal challenges in order to make more money. 

“I never asked for $20,000,” he told the newspaper. “The arrangement is we’ll work it out at the end.”

Trump has refused to concede the election after President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Overnight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart MORE was projected to win on Nov. 7, after extending his lead in several key states. The president's campaign has filed multiple lawsuits in battleground states, including Michigan and Pennsylvania, to either invalidate or stop the counting of mail-in ballots that overwhelmingly went in favor of Biden.