Since being hired as a personal attorney by President Donald Trump in April 2018, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been one of the president’s most prominent spokespeople on the media circuit.
But as Politico recently reported, Giuliani is reportedly not the most popular person within the president’s inner circle, especially amid the ongoing and explosive Ukraine phone call controversy that sparked an official impeachment inquiry into the president by the Democrat-led House of Representatives.
A former campaign official who remains in the president’s circle made clear what he thinks of “America’s mayor.”
“Rudy Giuliani needs to stop talking,” the anonymous official reportedly said.
Republican advisers to the president have also reportedly mounted pressure on Trump to ditch Giuliani for fear that the former mayor will have an unfortunate slip of the tongue at an inconvenient time, Politico said, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
Giuliani, who was originally drafted by the president to help the White House during the Robert Mueller investigation, has quickly found himself emerging as a central figure in the Ukraine phone call investigation, and Trump’s circle of trust is supposedly not happy about it.
“Rudy right now needs to focus on himself and not Ukraine,” an anonymous outside Trump adviser reportedly said.
But Giuliani’s personal attorney, Jon Sale, said that the former NYC mayor isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. “Nothing has changed on that,” Sale said.
The hostile feelings toward Giuliani from some of Trump’s advisers may have been amplified further this week as news broke that he is now under federal investigation for potential violations of foreign lobbying disclosure laws, as previously reported by The Inquisitr.
While news of the announcement was seized upon in the mainstream media, Trump on Saturday morning mounted a defense for his personal attorney, calling the investigation another “Witch Hunt” by the “Deep State.”
“So now they are after the legendary ‘crime buster’ and greatest Mayor in the history of NYC, Rudy Giuliani. He may seem a little rough around the edges sometimes, but he is also a great guy and wonderful lawyer. Such a one sided Witch Hunt going on in USA. Deep State. Shameful!” Trump tweeted.
Before the news of the investigation into Giuliani’s foreign dealings hit the airwaves, two of the mayor’s associates were arrested this week for allegedly funneling illegal donations to an official who they tried to enlist to undermine the former American ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.
Trump insisted on Friday that he didn’t personally know the two individuals who were arrested, though it was reported later that they were both in attendance for Trump’s invite-only Election Night party in 2016, according to The Inquisitr.