Rudy Giuliani ushered in the summer of 2018 by sitting for a litany of jaw-dropping interviews. The first, and perhaps most scandalous, was when he confirmed to Sean Hannity of Fox News that Trump had indeed reimbursed a $130,000 payment to keep Stormy Daniels silent. From there, Giuliani attempted to mitigate damage by issuing a new statement that only served to add more confusion to his initial bombshell.
Then, the former New York City mayor continued appeared on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and asserted that Trump doesn’t have to comply with a subpoena from Mueller.
Giuliani said: “He’s the president of the United States,” with respect to his ability to swerve Mueller’s subpoena altogether. He also said he wasn’t sure that Trump wouldn’t exercise his right to remain silent during questioning from Mueller, which was the first time anybody had suggested Trump may plead the Fifth.
While Giuliani managed to hold onto his job with the president, his colleagues at Greenberg Traurig appear to have been unimpressed with what they’ve seen. Thursday, the firm released an announcement that Mr. Giuliani was resigning due to his “all-consuming” new workload for the White House. Relatedly, Greenberg Traurig appears to have erased Giuliani’s landing page and bio from their website.
Per The New York Times: A spokeswoman for the firm, Jill Perry, said: “We cannot speak for Mr. Giuliani with respect to what was intended by his remarks. Speaking for ourselves, we would not condone payments of the nature alleged to have been made or otherwise without the knowledge and direction of a client.”