Just minutes before the closing bell, the Daily Beast reported that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been in talks to join President Trump’s legal team, adding further speculation about a major shake up in Trump’s legal team which has been in limbo ever since the DOJ’s raid of Michael Cohen.
Trump’s legal team has also been suffering from a shortage of manpower since the resignation of lead attorney John Dowd. Trump had hoped to hire Joe diGenova and his wife, Victoria Toensing, but the two were forced to bow out because of a conflict. Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is of course embroiled in a legal fiasco of his own.
Giuliani joining Trump’s team would go a long way toward alleviating this shortage. The former mayor has been involved in several high-profile cases since the end of his political career, including representing Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab. The former mayor was reportedly disappointed that he was passed over for Secretary of State.
There were also rumors that Giuliani would be tapped to replace James Comey after the sanctimonious former FBI director was fired by Trump.
Giuliani has been a staunch ally of Trump’s since almost the beginning of Trump’s campaign. Back in November, 2016, he appeared on Fox News to harshly criticize Comey’s handling of the Clinton probe. He also gave a widely lauded speech at the Republican Convention before Trump accepted the nomination.
According to the Daily Beast, Trump has been too distracted with pressing foreign policy concerns from North Korea to Syria to focus on repopulating his legal team.
The DB’s report followed another report that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had told the president that Trump isn’t currently a target of the Mueller probe – a report that sent the Dow 100 points higher.
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