Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani Is Joining Trump's Legal Team

Lucy Bush
April 22, 2018

President Donald Trump's personal legal team announced Thursday former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining the group.

There's something ironic about that, because Trump's refusal to take the advice not to is reportedly the main reason for the resignation of John Dowd, who led the president's personal legal team in the Russian Federation investigation until last month.

Giuliani was a former United States attorney for the Southern District of NY for much of the 1980s, prosecuting some of Wall Street's most high-profile cases.

Mr. Sekulow's statement also said 2 other lawyers were joining President Trump's legal team, the white-collar defense lawyers Martin and Jane Raskin, a husband-and-wife team based in South Florida. More recently, he has said he was consulted by Trump on how to implement the travel ban put in place a year ago against Muslim-majority nations. Apparently, Giuliani and Mueller have known each other for years.

Trump is known to be a hard client who does not listen to his attorneys' advice, according to lawyers who are familiar with his conduct.

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According to The New York Times' Maggie Haberman, Rudy Giuliani isn't thought to be an asset in the team's day-to-day operations, but rather as a public and private liaison to improve the optics of Trump's role to the American people and to work with Robert Mueller during his inquiries.

The former NY mayor has also represented Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian gold trader charged in the US for helping Iran skirt sanctions.

The former mayor said he was going to get whatever Mueller requires for the rest of the investigation and he would try to provide whatever is asked of him quickly so the investigation could be completed as soon as possible.

"It's too early for me to say that", Giuliani said of whether a Mueller interview is unlikely to happen.

White House lawyer Ty Cobb confirmed the move to CNBC.

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"We're back on track and this should help bring this down the home stretch", said one source close to Trump.

Mr. Trump has also tried to undermine the investigation by attacking former FBI officials. Shortly before the FBI director at the time, James Comey, reopened that investigation that October, Giuliani said the Trump campaign had "a couple of things up our sleeves that should turn things around".

Cohen's office, home and hotel room were raided last week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the lawyer's business dealings, including suspected bank fraud.

It's not clear where the Mueller investigation will ultimately lead, but the Raskins' experience in financial crimes could prove useful, Zeldin said.

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