Rudy Giuliani had a tough time finding legal representation as his role in pressuring Ukrainian officials to help President Donald Trump’s re-election chances has come under increasing scrutiny, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
At least four prominent attorneys declined to take on Giuliani’s case for various reasons. Talking Points Memo noted that those attorneys included “Mary Jo White, former head of the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York; Theodore Wells Jr.; Daniel Stein, another recent veteran of the SDNY; and Paul Shechtman, a partner at Bracewell law firm where Giuliani used to work.”
A two-week negotiation with Stein ended after a conflict of interest, The Times said, and Bracewell simply declined right out of the gate. TPM said “lawyers practicing outside a firm were worried that Giuliani might try to run his own case.”
And The Times noted that big law firms are generally “conservative institutions that often represent a wide range of clients with varying business interests, many of whom tend to shy away from controversy, regardless of their politics.”
Giuliani — who like Trump is unpredictable — would likely be a challenging client, particularly given “his recent history of outbursts in his frequent television appearances,” The Times said.
In the end, the former New York City Mayor locked down three attorneys, one of whom is Robert J. Costello, a former intern from Giuliani’s days as the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York.