Giuliani Resigns From Private Law Firm Citing Mueller Probe Pressures

May 12, 2018, 07:34
Giuliani Resigns From Private Law Firm Citing Mueller Probe Pressures

The former NY mayor had initially taken a leave of absence from the firm Greenberg Traurig to serve on President Donald Trump's legal team.

In a statement released by the firm, Giuliani said it "is in everyone's best interest that I make it a permanent resignation" so that he could focus on the Russian Federation probe.

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Giuliani backed up Rosenbaum's statement and said the resignation affords him the time concentrate on representing Trump "on this critically important matter for our country".

Richard Rosenbaum, the firm's executive chairman, said Giuliani's leave of absence was originally meant to be limited "for short period of time, to address specific matters for President Trump". "After recognizing that this work is all consuming and is lasting longer than initially anticipated, Rudy has determined it is best for him to resign from the firm, effective May 9".

After Giuliani's resignation, effective Wednesday, was made public, Greenberg Traurig spokeswoman Jill Perry told The New York Times,"We can not speak for Mr. Giuliani with respect to what was intended by his remarks".

After becoming known for its work in zoning and real estate law, under Hoffman's leadership in the 1990s, the firm began expanding.

"We can not speak for Mr. Giuliani with respect to what was intended by his remarks", a spokeswoman for the law firm said in a statement.

Giuliani said the discussions about preparing the President were merely a precaution at this point and dismissed a suggestion that the discussions meant an interview with Mueller is happening.

In a phone interview with Fox News on Friday, Giuliani said the outside legal team is still waiting for information from Mueller.

Trump had previously denied knowledge of the payment.

He said then that an interview "could have been worked out" already but things were complicated by the recent raid on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's office, as well as the leak of the questions.

The former NY mayor joined the President's legal team last month, and he has since made headlines for his comments regarding the payment made to Daniels.

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