Hours after Giuliani gave an interview to ABC News claiming that he was spearheading Trump’s impeachment defense, spokesman J. Hogan Gidley tweeted a pointed statement seeming to contradict him.
‘President Trump has not yet made a determination as to which lawyer or law firm will represent him for the disgraceful attack on our Constitution and democracy, known as the ‘impeachment hoax.’ We will keep you informed,’ the statement said.
It came as confusion surrounds Trump’s legal strategy for impeachment defense, and after the president reportedly refused to pay Giuliani’s $20,000-a-day legal fees in displeasure at his failed efforts to challenge the election results.
Giuliani was spotted visiting the White House later on Saturday, although the Trump team denied his claims to be on the impeachment legal defense team
In the interview on Saturday, Giuliani had said of the impeachment defense: ‘I’m involved right now … that’s what I’m working on.’
Giuliani said there are “different opinions” regarding how the president should approach his second impeachment, but said he planned to prove that Trump’s claims of election fraud were not incitement by proving the claims are true in the Senate trial.
‘They basically claimed that anytime [Trump] says voter fraud, voter fraud — or I do, or anybody else — we’re inciting to violence; that those words are fighting words because it’s totally untrue,” he said.
“Well, if you can prove that it’s true, or at least true enough so it’s a legitimate viewpoint, then they are no longer fighting words.”
Giuliani was spotted visiting the White House later on Saturday, although his status in Trump’s eyes remains unclear.
Last week, Trump expressed disappointment with some of Giuliani’s legal moves in challenging the election results, and ordered aids not to pay his fees of $20,000 a day in the failed push, two officials told the
The officials said the president is also demanding to personally approve all expenses incurred by Giuliani in his multi-state legal campaign to prove election fraud, which quickly fizzled in court.
In his election challenge push, Giuliani held a notorious press conference held in the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping outside Philadelphia in November, leading to speculation that the location had been booked in the belief it was the posh Four Seasons hotel
It was a sign Trump’s relationship with Giuliani may be fracturing – although the president’s lawyer is one of the few who have vigorously defended him in public, insisting that Trump’s actions were not incitement.
Giuliani has been a key legal advisor to Trump in his election challenge, after leading a leading a personal crusade to unearth potential dirt on Joe Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine.
The former New York City mayor’s legal charge challenging the election took bizarre turns at times, such as the notorious press conference held in the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping outside Philadelphia.
It led to speculation that the location had been mistakenly booked in the belief that it was the upscale Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia in Center City, although the incident was never fully explained.
At another press conference, at the Republican National Committee in Washington DC, an agitated and sweaty Giuliani appeared to be melting on live TV, with some kind of hair dye dripping down the side of his face.
Trump, who is known to fixate on the image of his aides, insisting they project a polished veneer, was likely unhappy with those debacles and the mockery they drew.
As well, Giuliani now faces his own potential legal exposure for telling supporters to engage in ‘trial by combat’ in his remarks at a January 6 rally, following which Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
Defending his rally remarks, Giuliani has said that he was quoting from the HBO series Game Of Thrones, which he inexplicably described as a ‘famous documentary about fictitious medieval England.’
‘I was referencing the kind of trial that took place for Tyrion,’ Giuliani told
‘When Tyrion, who is a very small man, is accused of murder. He didn’t commit murder, he can’t defend himself, and he hires a champion to defend him,’ he added.
Giuliani’s rally comments appear in evidence for impeachment, after a House Judiciary Committee report cited them before the House voted to impeach Trump Wednesday on a single count of ‘incitement to insurrection.’
Giuliani is also facing possible expulsion from the New York State Bar Association over the incendiary remarks. Removal from the bar association, a voluntary membership organization dating to 1876, is not the same as being disbarred and banned from practicing law. That can only be done by the courts.
It’s unclear whether Giuliani’s rally remarks would raise concerns for Trump about including him on his impeachment legal team, but on Sunday Reuters reported that Giuliani may lead the impeachment defense.
Trump is now considering hiring a law professor who spoke at his January 6 rally, according to two people familiar with the matter.
John Eastman, who joined Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on stage at the rally, is being considered for a role on Trump’s defense team, the people said.
Eastman, 60, who made unsubstantiated claims of election fraud at the rally, would neither confirm nor deny whether he will represent Trump, citing attorney-client privilege.
Asked whether he would be willing, Eastman said: ‘If the President of the United States asked me to consider helping him, I would certainly give it consideration.’
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Eastman and has declined to comment on Giuliani.
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