Rudy Giuliani said he was representing Trump’s 2020 campaign for free because the president “ordered me to do so”
Giuliani said Trump ordered him to represent his campaign for free, according to court documents.
He was called to testify in a libel suit brought by a former employee of Dominion Voting Systems.
Giuliani said Trump told him to “go take the lead in the campaign, tell them you’re in charge.”
Rudy Giuliani has said he represented President Donald Trump for free after the 2020 election because Trump “ordered me to do so,” recently released court documents have shown.
Giuliani had led the Trump campaign’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election results in file dozens of lawsuits who alleged that there had been widespread electoral fraud, all of which was dismissed by federal judges.
Dominion Voting Systems executive Eric Coomer later sued for libel against Giuliani, former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, alleging they knowingly spread false information about his involvement in voter fraud.
According to a recently released transcript of deposition, Coomer’s attorney Charles Cain asked Giuliani if he had ever been paid to represent the Trump campaign. Cain noted that Giuliani said in a November 19 press conference filled with conspiracy theories that he represented both Trump personally and the Trump campaign.
Giuliani responded that he was not paid to represent the campaign and that he was only reimbursed for his expenses, according to the transcript. Cain then asked Giuliani why he would represent the Trump campaign without compensation.
“The president – the president ordered me to do it,” Giuliani said.
Trump had previously cut Giuliani and refused to pay his legal bills, said Michael Wolff in his book “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Chairman”. It is unclear how much Trump could owe Giuliani, but Maria Ryan, an associate of Giuliani, told the New York Times Giuliani gave a rate of $ 20,000 per day to the Trump campaign for his work on the election prosecutions.
According to the transcript of the deposition, Giuliani said that Cain Trump called him into the Oval Office on “November 4 or 5” – after the presidential election – and told him “to go and take the campaign. , tell them you’re in charge. “
Giuliani’s attorney, Joe Sibley, immediately reminded the former New York mayor not to disclose information about his conversation with Trump that could be protected by solicitor-client privilege, according to the transcript.
“It doesn’t matter if he made the statement. Do not disclose it if it is an attorney / client privilege,” said Sibley, to which Giuliani replied that it would be “very careful” not to disclose any. inside information.
“He said to go tell them you are in charge, this needs to be rectified,” Giuliani said, adding that he was not sure if Trump wanted him to take charge of the whole campaign or just the representation. legal campaign.
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