Trump defends Giuliani in tweet after report of federal probe

Clay Curtis
October 14, 2019

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, has said he is still representing the leader - despite new claims the attorney is being investigated by federal prosecutors in NY for possible lobbying violations.

The source did not provide additional details of the lunch.

© Cheriss May for The New York Times The presidential motorcade leaving the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., on Saturday.

The Saturday meeting, in what appears to be a sign of solidarity between Trump and his lawyer, came at the end of a news-filled week in which questions swirled about whether Trump was cutting professional ties with Giuliani, who has been at the center of the impeachment inquiry into Trump headed by House Democrats.

As for Rudy Giuliani, after the indictment of his associates was announced, President Trump defended Giuliani in a tweet as a legendary crime buster and a wonderful lawyer. He may seem a little rough around the edges sometimes, but he is also a great guy and wonderful lawyer.

Giuliani used to be first prompted because the public face of Trump's defense of the Russian Federation investigation, with Trump valuing his pugnacious model from the 2016 advertising and marketing campaign and his status as "The US's mayor". Now, it's possible I have a picture with them because I have a picture with everybody.

The New York Times reported this weekend that federal investigators in Manhattan are looking into whether Giuliani broke USA lobbying laws in his dealings with officials in Ukraine.

"I think the president has always appreciated Mayor Giuliani's attack dog nature", Miller mentioned.

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"He's a man that looks for corruption and whatever he does I really believe he's a totally, I mean, I know he's an honorable man", Trump added.

Mr Trump has denied wrongdoing and has described the impeachment probe as a partisan smear.

Mr. Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor and NY mayor, was retained past year to help defend the president in the special counsel's investigation.

On Thursday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a pair of Soviet-born businessmen accused of helping Giuliani dig for dirt on Joe Biden - busting them on charges they funneled foreign cash to Republican politicians to advance their interests and those of a Ukrainian official who wanted then-US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch fired.

Giuliani has previously said he did nothing improper, and has said such allegations have no grounds because he was acting on behalf of Trump.

Rudy Giuliani is one of the most colourful characters in Donald Trump's orbit. In a classic Giuliani move, the Times writes Giuliani "at first seemed to acknowledge having advised Fraud Guarantee in 2018, then backtracked". Trump has spoken admiringly of Giuliani's no-nonsense model and willingness to transfer all-out to defend the administration and assault the president's Democratic foes and the news media, in accordance with three White Residence officials and Republicans near the White Residence.

This story has been corrected to reflect that Giuliani withdrew his name from consideration for a Cabinet post and was not passed over by Trump.

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