Former President Donald Trump is no longer being represented by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the former president’s office revealed on a day both men were sued by a House Democratic lawmaker under the Reconstruction-era Ku Klux Klan Act over the Capitol riot.
Giuliani led Trump’s failed effort to overturn the election results in states Trump lost, and traveled the country to make the case for ‘massive fraud’ – traveling even after contracting COVID-19 following a visit to the White House.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is no longer representing former President Donald Trump in any legal matters, according to Trump’s office
‘Mayor Giuliani is not currently representing President Trump in any legal matters,’ Trump spokesman Jason Miller told DailyMail.com. He also disputed the characterization that Giuliani was not involved in Trump’s impeachment defense.
Miller disputed that the move had any connection to the new lawsuit from Mississippi Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson. ‘No connection – he’s just not actively representing the President in any legal matters,’ he said.
He said of Giuliani, who goes back years with Trump, ‘The mayor remains an ally and a friend,’ and said there was ‘no split or divorce or anything of the sort.’
Trump has additional lawyers that he is continuing to work with in different capacities, said Miller.
Giuliani’s work on Trump’s behalf stopped on January 6th, when Congress counted the electoral votes certified by the states that made Joe Biden the winner.
News that Giuliani was no longer in Trump’s employ – the former mayor had said he was working pro bono, although the New York Times also reported he had requested $20,000 per day during the post-election fight – comes on a day when Thompson sued Trump and Giuliani and accused them of conspiring with extremist groups before the Capitol riot.
The suit, filed in federal court in Washington under a Reconstruction-era law known as the Ku Klux Klan Act.
Giuliani spoke at an infamous RNC press conference about Trump’s claims of election fraud, at an event where a substance that appeared to be hair dye ran down his cheek
Giuliani urged ‘trial by combat’ at the ‘Save America’ rally, but later condemned rioters
Giuliani is pictured with associate Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian American businessman who assisted his Ukraine investigation but has been charged with alleged campaign finance crimes
Giuliani played no public role in President Trump’s impeachment defense, even after Trump parted ways with a group of South Carolina lawyers. Here are Trump defense lawyers for former President Donald J. Trump Bruce Castor, right, and Michael van der Veen, along with Trump spokesman Jason Miller
Rep. Bennie Thompson has sued former President Donald Trump, alleging Trump incited the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The lawsuit in Washington’s federal court alleges the Republican former president conspired with members of far-right extremist groups to prevent the Senate from certifying the results of the presidential election he lost to Joe Biden
Former President Donald Trump, who now lives in Florida, is no longer represented by Giuliani in ‘any legal matters,’ his office said
Donald Trump, Melania Trump and Rudy Giuliani attend the U.S. Ryder Cup Captain’s Picks News Conference on September 2, 2014 in New York City
Trump was acquitted 57 to 43 in his Senate impeachment trial of ‘incitement of insurrection’ after Democratic managers failed to win a two-thirds majority in the chamber.
CNN first reported that Giuliani was no longer representing Trump.
Giuliani was not present as part of Trump’s legal team. Days before trial Trump parted ways with a group of South Carolina lawyers, instead relying on Alabama lawyer David Schoen and a Philadelphia firm including lawyers Bruce Castor and Michael van der Veen.
Trump is facing a potential wave of litigation, with an investigation in Fulton County, Georgia over his call for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to ‘find 11,780 votes.’ He is also being probed by the District Attorney in Manhattan over financial issues including assertions about his net worth to financial institutions during transactions before he was president.
Now that he is out of office Trump no longer enjoys protections from lawsuits.
Giuliani spoke prior to Trump at the ‘Save America’ rally that preceded the MAGA riot in the Capitol.
A clip from his own speech to the crowd urging ‘trial by combat’ featured in the impeachment. Giuliani himself said he meant the words purely in a political sense and says those who took part in the riot should be punished.
Thompson, a senior lawmaker, told MSNBC Tuesday that it would be ‘easy’ to prove his case, and spoke of making use of the discovery process.
WHAT DOES THE KU KLUX KLAN ACT SAY?
‘If two or more persons in any State or Territory conspire to prevent, by force, intimidation, or threat, any person from accepting or holding any office, trust, or place of confidence under the United States, or from discharging any duties thereof; or to induce by like means any officer of the United States to leave any State, district, or place, where his duties as an officer are required to be performed, or to injure him in his person or property on account of his lawful discharge of the duties of his office, or while engaged in the lawful discharge thereof, or to injure his property so as to molest, interrupt, hinder, or impede him in the discharge of his official duties.’
‘The pattern and practice since November, the Trump administration encouraged people to come to Washington on January 6 saying it will be wild. And so, at that point all of it, e-mails and Twitter accounts that we can find, and those that were produced by the House managers to the Senate will demonstrate just that,’ he said.
‘In addition to that, it’s clear that in his speech he directed the people at the Ellipse to go to the Capitol and let your feelings be known, and that’s what they did. They had no permit to go. He directed them to go, and they followed him, and the subsequent actions from that, we all saw it play out before our very eyes,’ Thompson said.
Thompson’s suit traces the drawn-out effort by Trump and Giuliani to cast doubt on the election results even though courts across the country, and state election officials, repeatedly rejected their baseless allegations of fraud. Despite evidence to the contrary, the suit says, the men portrayed the election as stolen while Trump ‘endorsed rather than discouraged’ threats of violence from his angry supporters in the weeks leading up to the assault on the Capitol.
‘The carefully orchestrated series of events that unfolded at the Save America rally and the storming of the Capitol was no accident or coincidence,’ the suit says. ‘It was the intended and foreseeable culmination of a carefully coordinated campaign to interfere with the legal process required to confirm the tally of votes cast in the Electoral College.’