President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, announced on Friday that he had hired three defense attorneys as a result of his legal exposure in the president’s Ukraine scandal.
RawStory noted that Giuliani struggled to find representation among top law firms and wound up settling for one of his former interns. Robert Costello’s relationship with the former New York City mayor “dates to their time in the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan, where Mr. Costello was Mr. Giuliani’s intern,” The New York Times reported.
Also part of Giuliani’s new legal team are Eric Creizman and Melissa Madrigal.
“The hires came after a weekslong search to find a lawyer who would represent Mr. Giuliani, who rose to prominence as the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, the same office that is now investigating him,” The Times reported. “He has a wide range of close associates — including former prosecutors and judges — who could have taken him on as a client. But at least four prominent attorneys declined for various reasons, according to people familiar with the matter.”
The Times also noted: “Big law firms are, for the most part, 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. Mr. Giuliani’s connection to Mr. Trump, his unpredictability and his recent history of outbursts in his frequent television appearances could make him a challenging client.”
Giuliani is under investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, who are trying to determine if the attorney violated lobbying laws in his work trying to find dirt on Trump's political adversaries.
Two of his associates in those efforts, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were charged last month in an alleged campaign finance violation scheme.
The president's attorney has insisted that both he and Trump are innocent regarding Ukraine — which Trump allegedly pressured to open investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and the origins of the Russia probe.
“The evidence, when revealed fully, will show that this present farce is as much a frame-up and hoax as Russian collusion, maybe worse, and will prove the President is innocent,” Giuliani tweeted, prior to announcing his new lawyers.