According to a report from Fox News on Thursday, President Trump adds former New York City mayor and U.S. attorney Rudy Giuliani to his legal team.
Guiliani has been close friends with Trump for years. According to reports, he was under consideration for a cabinet post. He told The Washington Post that he was added to the team with hopes of bring Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to its conclusion.
“I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the president and for Bob Mueller,” Giuliani said in an interview.
Trump counsel Jay Sekulow said Thursday in a statement that Giuliani is joining the team along with two former federal prosecutors, Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin, a couple who jointly run a Florida-based law firm.
“Rudy is great,” Trump said in the statement issued by Sekulow. “He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country.”
Giuliani served as mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001. He was a U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York from 198 to 1999.
Per Fox News:
"The President said, ‘Rudy is great. He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country,’" Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said in a statement.
"I have had the privilege of working with Mayor Giuliani for many years, and we welcome his expertise," Sekulow added. "Mayor Giuliani expressed his deep appreciation to the President for allowing him to assist in this important matter. In a statement, Mayor Giuliani said, ‘It is an honor to be a part of such an important legal team, and I look forward to not only working with the President but with Jay, Ty, and their colleagues.’"
Giuliani made the decision to join Trump's legal team in the past few days following a dinner with the president ealier this month at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, the Post reported.
The former mayor, a vocal advocate for Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, was reportedly being considered for secretary of state following Trump's victory. Giuliani, at the time, said he wasn't interested in becoming Trump's attorney general. Ultimately, the president picked Rex Tillerson for the State Department and Jeff Sessions for attorney general.
Just yesterday President Trump ripped James Comey once again on Twitter and is very desperate to put the Russian investigation behind him.
Slippery James Comey, the worst FBI Director in history, was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation where, by the way, there was NO COLLUSION (except by the Dems)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018