Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has completely resigned from his position as an attorney at the law firm of Greenberg Traurig - and it sounds like his old employer has become embarrassed by his disastrous recent cable TV news interviews.
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However, in a joint statement released Thursday, the firm said the parting will be permanent, due to White House demand which is "all consuming and is lasting longer than initially anticipated". "This way, my sole concentration can be on this critically important matter for our country", he said. "I will always treasure the personal friendships I have made with everyone at Greenberg Traurig".
"I have a great deal of respect for the Mayor's incredible career and what he has done for New York City and our country for many years and consider him a friend", he said in a statement.
Trump had previously denied knowledge of the payment. "Republicans for the Rule of Law" Targets Rudy Giuliani's Shifting Stance The ad "Rudy vs. Rudy" begins with a 1998 clip of Giuliani being asked by Charlie Rose if then-President Bill Clinton would have to comply subpoenaed by Independent Prosecutor Ken Starr, and responding, "You gotta do it".
Shortly after his role on Trump's team was announced in late April, Giuliani told CNN that he would be able to wrap up his efforts on the Mueller investigation in as quickly as "a couple of weeks". Cohen told the New York Times in February that the money for the payment came from his own pocket, and that neither Trump's campaign nor the Trump Organization were involved.
But Giuliani later blew that story out of the water when he said that Trump had reimbursed his fixer.