U.S. President Donald Trump's legal team got a significant boost of both big-name talent and criminal-law expertise on Thursday with the addition of Rudy Giuliani and two other former federal prosecutors.
"Rudy is great", Trump said in a statement Thursday. "He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country". According to him, Giuliani said he felt honored to be "a part of such an important legal team, and I look forward to not only working with the President but with Jay, Ty and their colleagues", a reference to White House special counsel Ty Cobb.
His hiring and that of two other new lawyers, respected white-collar criminal defense attorneys Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin, injects some much-needed firepower into the President's legal team, which has been beset by departures and internal dissension and stalled in talks with special counsel Robert Mueller's team.
According to the AP, "Trump then moved to formalize the arrangement in recent days, touting Giuliani's tenacity - and raving about his star power with the vulgar variation of Giuliani's "America's Mayor" nickname while talking with one person, who not authorized to discuss a private conversation".
The new additions to the president's legal team follow on the departure of his former lead outside attorney in the Russian Federation investigation, John Dowd. In addition, the law firm from which Giuliani is now taking leave, Greenberg Traurig, is a registered lobbyist in the USA for the Turkish government. He praised the team and said sometimes a fresh perspective helps. One of his lawyers, John Dowd, resigned last month.
Giuliani previously served as USA attorney for the Southern District of NY. "So the symbolism of Rudy being hired on President Trump's team [is huge]".
Rudy Giuliani is apparently the last big name lawyer in America willing to represent Donald Trump, nearly certainly due to his love of being on television.
Giuliani, who also once served as the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, did not return requests for comment.
Giuliani is certain to come under intense scrutiny for his role. Experts claimed Trump seemed like a tough client who does not pay heed to his lawyers' advice and some may fear potential conflict of interests, thus avoiding the job altogether.
It was the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen's home and office that led Trump to rethink his position that he'd be happy to sit down for a chitchat with Mueller and his legal team.
The former NY mayor has also represented Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian gold trader charged in the USA for helping Iran skirt sanctions.