Politics Rudy Giuliani, who urged Trump supporters to have 'trial by combat,' says he wasn't literally calling for insurrection
Michael Cohen says Trump won't give Giuliani '2 cents' to help his ex-attorney pay his mounting legal bills
"He thought Donald Trump was going to pay him $140,000 a day. He has a better chance of sling-shooting himself to the moon," Cohen said of Giuliani.In an interview with MSNBC's Joy Reid Friday, Cohen was asked about recent reports that allies of Giuliani have asked the former president to help Giuliani financially as he faces lawsuits and a federal investigation.
Lawyers for Rudy Giuliani -- whoon the day of the Capitol riot to "have trial by combat" -- are now arguing that he wasn't literally advocating for an insurrection over the 2020 election results.
The assertion comes in Giuliani's response to aseeking to hold Giuliani, former President Donald Trump and others accountable for inciting the violent siege on January 6 at the US Capitol.
Giuliani's attorneys argue recent search warrants are 'fruit of this poisoned tree' after 'illegal' iCloud search review in 2019
Attorneys for Rudy Giuliani argued in a letter to the court unsealed Monday that federal authorities' review of material seized from a covert search of his iCloud account in 2019 was illegal and suggested the search warrants executed late last month on his Manhattan home and office were the "fruit of this poisoned tree."Attorneys for Rudy Giuliani argued in a letter to the court unsealed Monday that federal authorities' review of material seized from a covert search of his iCloud account in 2019 was illegal and suggested the search warrants executed late last month on his Manhattan home and office were the "fruit of this poisoned tree.
In a court filing Monday, Giuliani wrote that his words to Trump supporters were "hyperbolic." The former New York City mayor also said in his court filing that the core of the insurrection was orchestrated by pro-Trump extremist groups to whom he had no connection.
"Plaintiff would have the Court believe that what the FBI has been unable to do — tie Defendants to a vast conspiracy to mastermind the attack on the Capitol — Plaintiff will accomplish through this litigation. This is simply too far-fetched and outlandish to pass the plausibility standard of the law," Giuliani's court argument said.
As Trump's personal lawyer, Giuliani was a central figure in Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election,in public appearances and in court. He spoke at the January 6 pro-Trump rally just before supporters marched across the National Mall with the intention of overtaking a congressional session to certify Joe Biden as the next president.
Feds have asked about Giuliani's consulting on Romania
Investigators are looking for information beyond Rudy Giuliani's Ukraine work.Last month, FBI agents raided Giuliani’s New York City apartment and office to seize phones and computers as part of an investigation of whether Giuliani violated the law in his work for foreign entities, including the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Giuliani has said that he “never, ever represented a foreign national” and says he specifically puts in his contracts that he won’t lobby on behalf of or represent foreign entities.
"Over the next 10 days, we get to see the machines that are crooked, the ballots that are fraudulent, and if we're wrong, we will be made fools of, but if we're right, a lot of them will go to jail," he told the crowd that day. "So, let's have trial by combat."
In addition to Giuliani, Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks were also sued by Swalwell, a California Democrat who helped lead the House impeachment arguments against Trump for inciting insurrection.
Swalwell's lawsuit filed in March cites a civil rights law meant to counter the Ku Klux Klan's intimidation of elected officials. He also alleges Trump, Trump Jr., Giuliani and Brooks broke Washington, DC, laws, including an anti-terrorism act, by inciting the riot, and that they aided and abetted violent rioters and inflicted emotional distress on the members of Congress.
Giuliani is also a defendant in afiled by Mississippi Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson in his personal capacity, in which he's accused of conspiring with the far-right groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers to incite the January 6 insurrection.
The US House recentlyto form an independent, bipartisan commission to examine the January 6 attack "facts and causes" along with the "influencing factors that may have provoked the attack on our democracy."
The former New York City mayor has also been the, including whether he conducted illegal lobbying for Ukrainian officials while he pursued an investigation linked to Biden, CNN has reported. Giuliani hasn't been charged and has denied wrongdoing.
Feds Oppose Handing Lev Parnas Goods from Rudy Giuliani Warrants—and Reveal More About the Probe .
Prosecutors asked a federal judge on Wednesday not to make them disclose material they seized from Rudy Giuliani to his ex-associate Lev Parnas. The post Feds Oppose Handing Lev Parnas Goods from Rudy Giuliani Warrants—and Reveal More About the Probe first appeared on Law & Crime.Shortly after a poorly redacted court filing by Rudy Giuliani’s former associate Lev Parnas revealed the more expansive reach of the government’s investigation, federal prosecutors opposed handing Parnas more of the evidence haul gleaned from warrants against the former New York City mayor, pro-Trump lawyer Victoria Toensing and others.