According to The New York Times, tension within his law firm over remarks Rudy Giuliani made in his debut public appearances as President Donald Trump’s personal attorney has led to Giuliani resigning his position within the firm.
Mr. Giuliani took a leave of absence last month from the firm, Greenberg Traurig, one of the nation’s largest, to represent Mr. Trump. But the firm announced on Thursday that he no longer worked there as of a day earlier.
“After recognizing that this work is all consuming and is lasting longer than initially anticipated, Rudy has determined it is best for him to resign,” said the firm’s chairman, Richard A. Rosenbaum.
In a statement released by the firm, Mr. Giuliani said it “is in everyone’s best interest that I make it a permanent resignation” so he can focus on the special counsel’s investigation.
Comments Giuliani made regarding what he considered the commonplace practice of making hush payments on behalf of clients did not sit well with the firm’s partners, The Times reports.
Giuliani’s remarks were in reference to attorney Michael Cohen’s $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in an effort to silence her story about an alleged affair with Trump.
“That was money that was paid by his lawyer, the way I would do, out of his law firm funds,” he said on Fox News.
He added, “Michael would take care of things like this like I take care of this with my clients.”
Situations such as this, along with other issues, have led to Trump’s difficulty in obtaining legal representation, The Times reports, and have spurred many firms to inform their top attorneys that signing on with the president would require handing in their resignation.
The firms were concerned about Mr. Trump’s longstanding history of ignoring his lawyers’ advice and apparent failure to pay his bills, and backlash from employees who did not want to work for a firm that was representing Mr. Trump.