Trump Adds Giuliani to Legal Team After FBI Raid on Cohen

by Susie Olson April 21, 2018, 9:59
Trump Adds Giuliani to Legal Team After FBI Raid on Cohen

With the addition of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to his legal team, President Donald Trump gains a former USA attorney, a past presidential candidate and a TV-savvy defender at a time when the White House is looking for ways to bring special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to a close.

Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor and longtime colleague of investigator Robert Mueller, will join Jane Serene Raskin and Martin R. Raskin, former federal prosecutors, who have been added to Trump's legal crew.

The hiring of the former NY mayor and the husband-wife law partners Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin, confirmed by Trump's personal attorney Jay Sekulow, comes at a critical time for the president, who had been shorthanded on the attorney front while facing an expanding Russian Federation inquiry and a separate high-stakes criminal investigation into his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

"I'm going to join the legal team to try to bring this to a resolution", Giuliani told the New York Post Friday.

Cuomo agreed that Giuliani can serve as a moderating influence of sorts for Trump. "I know everybody involved, maybe they'll trust me".

Trump's legal team has struggled to find additional lawyers and could use a new member.

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Giuliani told CNN in an interview that he intends to obtain a list of what is necessary to "comply" with the rest of the investigation from Mueller.

"How many times do you know people to say, "I'll take a bullet" until somebody points a gun at them?" the Rev. Al Sharpton asked.

Axios also reported that Giulianiwas considered as a replacement for Attorney General Jeff Sessions last summer, but that plan was never carried out. "Mayor Giuliani voiced his profound admiration to the President for allowing him to aid within this crucial matter". But what exactly is Giuliani's role going to be?

In a statement, Sekulow quoted Trump as saying, "Rudy is great". The president said there were talks about him firing the duo over the past several months but they continued to be there.

It's not clear where the Mueller investigation will ultimately lead, but the Raskins' experience in financial crimes could prove useful, Zeldin said.

The appointment also brings to an end a fallow period for Giuliani, who has for many years been close to Trump and who pitched openly for a position in the administration.


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