A CNN report suggested that President Donald Trump had directed ire at the attorney following Wednesday's impeachment

By Virginia Chamlee
January 14, 2021 07:19 PM
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Donald Trump, seething after his second impeachment by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, was said to take out some of his anger on Rudy Giuliani, reportedly telling aides not to pay his personal attorney's legal fees.

Though the campaign hasn't specifically addressed the CNN report alleging Trump told aides not to pay Giuliani, 76, his campaign's senior adviser tweeted that the president thinks the lawyer is a "great guy."

"Just spoke with President Trump, and he told me that @RudyGiuliani is a great guy and a Patriot who devoted his services to the country!" Jason Miller wrote on Thursday. "We all love America's Mayor!"

PEOPLE has been unable to reach Giuliani for comment.

A bipartisan majority in the House voted to impeach Trump, 74, on one charge of "incitement of insurrection" after he encouraged his supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol during a rally last week and "fight like hell."

The ensuing riot led to the deaths of at least five people, including a Capitol Police officer.

A week after the attempted coup, the House voted 232-197 in favor of Trump's second impeachment, with 10 Republican representatives among those to back the measure's passage.

Rudy Giuliani
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Trump has not publicly accepted any responsibility for the events that led to his impeachment, and has reportedly already begun selecting attorneys for the inevitable Senate trial that will now ensue.

Giuliani, who spoke at the rally and encouraged the crowd to engage in "trial by combat," is reportedly being mulled to lead the president's impeachment defense.

The former New York mayor has been a fixture in the Trump campaign in recent months, leading the president's legal battle to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which President-elect Joe Biden won the popular vote.

Giuliani also raised eyebrows with his bizarre appearance in press conferences, including a now-infamous moment in which hair dye could be seen pouring down the sides of his face.

Chris Krebs, a former Department of Homeland Security official overseeing election integrity, called Giuliani's press conference "the most dangerous 1hr 45 minutes of television in American history. And possibly the craziest."

Rudy Giuliani (center) and other Trump campaign lawyers at a November press conference
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Giuliani has also been criticized for his seemingly ill-equipped performance in courtrooms.

In his first court appearance in decades, made to defend the Trump campaign before a federal judge in Pennsylvania, Giuliani reversed himself under questioning and told the judge he did not understand a question regarding what standard of scrutiny should be applied.

The attorney also recently stirred controversy with his appearance in the Borat sequel, in which he went into a hotel room with an actress pretending to be Borat's daughter.

Giuliani denied any misconduct, calling the video a complete fabrication.

"I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment," he wrote on Twitter after footage from the film began to circulate online. "At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar."

Despite his recent behavior, Giuliani has remained a loyal ally to Trump, who has reportedly weighed pardoning the attorney, and other members of his family (including, some have suggested, himself) before he leaves office.