With most reputable law firms now declining to represent Donald Trump in his evidence-free efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election due to unwarranted claims of election fraud, Rudy Giuliani has stepped into the breach to represent his perhaps literal partner-in-crime.
The move comes after the remaining attorneys representing the president in the case seeking to block the certification of the Pennsylvania election results filed a motion to withdraw from the case Monday night, just days after the firm of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur also said that they would no longer be representing Trump in the suit.
The New York Times is reporting that the former New York City mayor and federal prosecutor is demanding to be well compensated for his last-minute rescue mission in what is most likely the lost cause of reversing Biden’s lead in the voting tally.
Citing “multiple people briefed on the matter,” The Times reports that Giuliani is seeking $20,000 per day from the Trump campaign for his legal expertise, a figure that exceeds the yearly personal income of nearly 35% of the U.S. population.
The request has reportedly faced opposition from some of Trump’s campaign advisors who have balked at the exorbitant rate — which translates to an hourly fee of $2500 for an eight-hour workday and would place the man who has thus far presided over a series of embarrassing legal defeats for the president among the most highly paid lawyers in the land — and have apparently left the issue of Giuliani’s compensation unresolved.
Giuliani himself vigorously denied the report in the newspaper that he had demanded such a gluttonous payday.
“’I never asked for $20,000,’ said Mr. Giuliani, saying the president volunteered to make sure he was paid after the cases concluded. ‘The arrangement is, we’ll work it out at the end,’” The New York Times reported.
Giuliani then said that whoever told the paper that he had made the $20,000-a-day request “is a liar, a complete liar.”
With a president who is notorious for refusing to pay his bills, it would seem to make sense for the former mayor to charge a premium to a risky client who offers little in the way of a chance of reaching a legal victory with such paltry evidence of the election fraud claims he is making.
Since Trump is using his election-related lawsuits as a potent fundraising tool as he enters his lame-duck period, perhaps Rudy is simply looking for his portion of the larger grift.
There is, after all, no honor among thieves.
Original reporting by Michael S. Schmidt and
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