Trump Cabinet Reject Giuliani Is Joining Trump's Legal Team to Help 'End' Mueller Probe
President Donald Trump has had a hard time retaining qualified legal counsel for his defense in the Russia investigation, so he is now turning to an ally that he previously declined to appoint to any significant role in his administration: Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani confirmed his new role as a part of Trump's legal defense team in an interview with the Washington Post.
“I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the president and for Bob Mueller,” Giuliani told the Post.
Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and vocal support of the president during the campaign, was reportedly considered to be on Trump's short list for secretary of state. Giuliani later said he wanted to "stay in the private sector," which he is now leaving to join Trump's legal team. Axios also reported that Giuliani was considered as a replacement for Attorney General Jeff Sessions last summer, but that plan was never carried out.
Giuliani previously served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Trump likes having people around who admire and praise him personally, a description that certainly fits Giuliani. He was a vigorous defender of Trump during the 2016 campaign. At one point, he indulged in wild conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton's health.