Former Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani is reportedly close to broke and his former client is refusing to pay him. In fact, Trump is not even taking his calls, according to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.
New filings show that Donald Trump is flush with cash. Absolutely swimming in it. But even as the money flows in, the former president is reportedly stiffing the former New York Mayor, who was one of his fiercest allies and loyal political surrogates.
That’s particularly worrisome for Giuliani, who was recently suspended from practicing law in New York and has failed to raise anything in his fight against the federal probe into whether he worked as an unregistered lobbyist for Ukrainian officials.
Giuliani is also facing a separate lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems over his relentless election lies. And despite his penchant for conspiracy theories and misinformation, it appears, as Haberman notes, that Giuliani does seem to understand the gravity of his precarious legal situation.
“I’m more than willing to go to jail if they want to put me in jail,” he told NBC New York’s Melissa Russo in an interview last week. “And if they do, they’re going to suffer the consequences in heaven, I’m not. Because I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Those remarks came despite the fact that the interview, as Russo explained in the segment, was supposed to focus on the upcoming 20th anniversary of September 11th. That Giuliani instead nervously discussed his legal jeopardy doesn’t exactly exude confidence in his chances of escaping jail time—or how he’s going to pay for all of this.
Trump aides have been clear they see no mechanism for paying Giuliani’s legal bills that isn’t problematic for Trump, and they think Giuliani took actions a lawyer should have known were problematic, even if the client wanted it.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 1, 2021