Giuliani Broke, Humiliated and Abandoned by Trump
It's taken decades for Rudy Giuliani to recognize that Donald J. Trump has no genuine friends and only limited acquaintances in his inner circle. When people become useless and are no longer relevant to his immediate needs Trump discards them as he would garbage. Giuliani is no exception.
Rudy Giuliani figured he had it made when Donald Trump was elected to the presidency in 2016. As a member of Trump's inner circle, Rudy figured if he didn't end up being nominated to become Trump's Attorney General, he would make a fortune as a lobbyist, making the most of his personal and business relationship with Trump.
Like many in Trump's inner circle, he expected he would be re-elected right up to Election Day 2020, so Guiliani, like so many others, figured if he bent and broke a few laws, Trump would be in a position to bail him out.
We now know that Guiliani played his relationship with Trump for as much money as possible, acting as an unregistered lobbyist to more than one country. He is now the subject of an ongoing investigation conducted by the Southern District U.S. Attorney's (SDNY) office, even after Trump's minions at the Justice Department tried to kill the investigation.
The media's latest reporting reports that Guiliani now knows it's just a matter of time before he is indicted for failing to register as a foreign lobbyist and expects to end up in prison.
What must hurt the most is after all the dirty work Guiliani did for Trump, including pushing the "Stop the steal" crap, he will never be part of Trump's inner circle.
Despite building a war chest of more than $100 million in the aftermath of the 2020 general election by scamming his supporters, Trump will never pay Giuliani for his services as a personal attorney and front-line stooge in reinstating the president's campaign.
Giuliani transversed the country, many times almost too drunk to stand to stop the steal as Trump's lawyer is now, drowning under a mountain of legal fees that could leave the former New York mayor bankrupt.
The New York Times reports that Trump raised a whopping $102 million in the first half of 2021. Salon.com reported last month that Trump had not used a dime of the money meant to help pays for vote audits and other expenses need to overturn the election. What little money Trump has spent has promoted his election conspiracy campaign, including exciting the feeble and nonexistent GOP-backed recounts in Georgia, Pennsylvania, or Arizona.
On Sunday, Maggie Haberman of the New York Times reported some of Giuliani's closest allies are saying "he is close to being broke."
Haberman also reported that even if Trump wanted to come to Guiliani's financial rescue…
"Trump aides have been clear they see no mechanism for paying Giuliani's legal bills that isn't problematic for Trump, and they think Giuliani took actions a lawyer should have known were problematic, even if the client wanted it,"
"But this is of note in the context of Trump having had a previous lawyer (Michael Cohen) who pleaded guilty and then cooperated with an investigation into Trump."
This leaves Giuliani steeped in a federal investigation alleging that he worked as an unregistered lobbyist for Ukraine, pressuring Ukrainian officials to launch a probe in President Biden and his son Hunter by threatening to withhold U.S. military aid.
Guiliani also finds himself named a defendant in a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit filed against him and other Trump acolytes filed by Dominion Voting Systems over his and their baseless claims that the company's equipment was compromised in President Biden's favor.
Guiliani realizing that Trump wasn't ever going to write him a check, then attempted to raise $5 million on "Go Fund Me" only to discover Trump supporters could give a rats ass about him. After a couple of weeks, he raised a "paltry" $9,798 for his legal defense – about $4,990,202 short of his goal.
He was not getting paid by Trump for his legal work to overturn the election, then being suspended from practicing law in the state of New York and Washington D.C. crippled any hope Guiliani had of making any personal income. Yet, despite the chatter from Guiliani's friends about his plight even on the brink of apparent bankruptcy, Giuliani doesn't appear to be particularly panicked.
Last week, the suspended lawyer told NBC New York that everything he's done over the past several years came as part of an effort to defend his client, Donald Trump….
"I'm more than willing to go to jail if they want to put me in jail. And if they do, they're going to suffer the consequences in heaven. I'm not. Because I didn't do anything wrong."
Even with Guiliani sinking in a deep dark hole, he still refuses to recognize that Trump's refusal to extend Giuliani aid has all the appearance of a broader effort by the former president to distance himself from this ex-attorney. Trump knows like Guiliani knows he may be just a week or two away from a Federal indictment and is heading for a fitting for an orange jump shoot.
The Washington Post reported as far back as late January that Trump "instructed aides not to pay Giuliani's legal fees and…
"Has demanded that he personally approve any reimbursements for the expenses Giuliani incurred while traveling on the president's behalf to stop the steal and push to challenge election results in key states."
Trump has also privately "expressed concern" to his aides that Giuliani's moves to overturn the election were crazy and was put off by the former attorney's $20,000 daily fees. Then again, Trump is famous for not paying his lawyers.
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