Sources told the New York Times that Trump’s aides and advisors have rejected Giuliani’s request and that it’s uncertain how much he will be compensated. Ever since he began supervising the legal effort to overturn the election, Trump has endured a number of court losses and lawyers working on some of the cases have quit.
If Giuliani were to be paid $20,000 a day, that would make him one of the most highly paid lawyers anywhere. However, he denied seeking that much when asked by the Times. “I never asked for $20,000,” Mr. Giuliani said. “The arrangement is, we’ll work it out at the end.” He said that whoever said he requested that much “is a liar, a complete liar.”
As expected, people had a field day with the news of Giuliani’s alleged request, especially given his status as the internet's favorite whipping boy.
It is absolutely perfect that all these senescent con artists and business-casual fash dullards are going out by double-billing and undermining each other. I truly believe there is still time for a pyramid scheme based entirely within the administration. https://t.co/GONsriJbQK
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) November 17, 2020
It's wild to think about Rudy asking for such a high daily rate to embarrass himself in public when I do it every day on this website for free. https://t.co/w0Zwxxpjz0
— Aaron Sankin (@ASankin) November 17, 2020
Trump's election grift is in full swing and everyone's hooking on to that gravy train. https://t.co/3vLh98Nhmd
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) November 17, 2020
It's said that grifters make the best targets, because they think they are too smart to be grifted. https://t.co/HW0bJnwGVf
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) November 17, 2020
Why is Rudy telling Trump he still has a case -- something he desperately wants to hear -- while other lawyers withdraw?
It's grift all the way around. https://t.co/XBiTPntHXV
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) November 17, 2020
And I bet he kicks some of his fee right back to Donald. https://t.co/OSbbMH74yD
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 17, 2020
Truly the griftiest bunch of grifters that ever grifted. https://t.co/LsYKfLph7h
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) November 17, 2020
I can’t imagine Rudy would rip Trump off. He is America’s Mayor! https://t.co/6VKuvZ2Lx2
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) November 17, 2020
It appears that there is little hope that any of Giuliani’s few remaining cases will change the result of the presidential election, where Joe Biden won both the Electoral College and popular vote. Some allies of Trump believe that Giuliani might be pushing Trump to continue the legal battles because it would be a financial boon for himself.
The Trump campaign has been raising money for its legal-defense fund in order to continue its dispute of Biden’s wins in states like Pennsylvania—and his purported win in Georgia.
Giuliani is looking to be compensated for his work from Nov. 4, the day after the election, when Trump began alleging that he won, disregarding election results. He’s also claimed that he lost due to widespread voter fraud, ultimately encouraging his base to fiercely protest this past weekend in Washington D.C.
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