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.”
Bill Cassidy, the Louisiana Republican senator, predicted on Sunday morning that Donald Trump will not be the party’s nominee for president in 2024, pointing to the number of seats lost by Republicans in the House and Senate over the four years Trump was in office.
Donald Trump on Sunday launched his attempted political comeback, teasing a possible run for the presidency in 2024 and denouncing Joe Biden for “the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history”. The former president made his first speech since leaving the White House at the rightwing Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, to an effusive reception. Trump claims, entirely falsely, that he actually won the 2020 election but was fraudulently denied his victory.
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.