According to three people familiar with the situation, Rudy Giuliani, the former personal counsel for ex-president Donald Trump, has cut the size of his personal entourage.
Giuliani fired several staffers and independent contractors in the last few weeks, claiming that the ousted workers were informed that the former New York mayor was trying to save money.
According to one of the people familiar with the situation, Giuliani has hired a part-time driver, Eric Ryan, the son of his friend Maria Ryan. However, he no longer travels across Manhattan with the full complement of up to five people he had in recent years.
The reports of Giuliani’s dwindling entourage arrives after years of speculation that he might be facing financial troubles — or at the very least, is looking for new opportunities to make money when dealing with his mounting legal problems.
It’s already been revealed that Giuliani is paying his ex-wife Judith $42,000 a month in alimony, totaling more than half a million dollars a year.
According to records, Giuliani earned between $7 and $9 million in 2016 and 2017.
In October of 2019, Giuliani left an accidental voicemail for a reporter that said, “The problem is we need some money.”
The enigmatic comment only added to the perception that Giuliani, a regular patron of expensive establishments such as the Trump International Hotel in D.C., where room rates can reach the high hundreds of dollars a night and a spoonful of wine can cost up to $140, and the Grand Havana Room, a members-only cigar bar in New York, was short on cash.
In court records, a representative for Giuliani’s wife said that he spent tens of thousands of dollars on a private jet subscription program, $40,000 on dental work for a friend’s son, $7,000 on fountain pens, and $12,000 on cigars.
Giuliani’s sources of wealth have been a mystery since leaving public office. He formerly worked as an attorney for Greenberg Traurig, a major international law firm with its headquarters in New York.
According to the New York Times, he left the firm in 2018 due to a disagreement about his public defense of Trump.
Giuliani has also provided security and legal advice to a variety of clients, including foreign governments such as Qatar and high-profile individuals such as the Iranian opposition party MEK, a Ukrainian oligarch, and a Turkish-Iranian gold dealer wanted by the US government.
It was announced in mid-November of last year that Giuliani had requested $20,000 a day in legal fees in return for defending the ex-president in the 2020 election.
Despite Giuliani’s denial, Trump balked at the amount and ordered aides not to pay it. Allies of Giuliani, led by his son Andrew, have made a push this week to have Trump pay Giuliani’s mounting legal fees.
Despite knowledge of an investigation into Giuliani’s Ukrainian affairs, the newspaper reported that Giuliani’s allies are unhappy that the Trump lawyer did not secure a pre-emptive pardon from the now-former president.
According to reports, Trump had a falling out with Giuliani during his last days in office, and is refusing to pay the former New York mayor’s legal bills.
Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who led Trump’s campaign to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, is seeking reimbursement for his efforts and he has retained attorneys to defend him in the federal court.
As part of the probe into whether the 76-year-old worked as an unregistered federal agent and influenced the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs, his Manhattan home and office were searched last week, and his computer equipment and phones were confiscated.
A case against two Soviet-born men who aided Giuliani in attempting to unearth incriminating material in Ukraine against Hunter Biden, who was on the board of an energy firm there, sparked the probe.
Giuliani sent The New York Post photographs that purported to show Hunter Biden with drug paraphernalia, as well as records and emails, during the final stages of the 2020 presidential cycle.
The information’s veracity and how Giuliani obtained it were quickly questioned, and he said that the media has been after him ever since.
“This is totally done because they want to destroy my credibility because I have that entire hard drive,” he told Fox News Sean Hannity Monday night.
Giuliani is now facing court action from voting system firms Dominion and Smartmatic, alleging that he made misleading statements about the machines tossing votes from Trump to now-President Joe Biden.
“I want to know what the GOP did with the quarter of $1 billion that they collected for the election legal fight,” tweeted Bernard Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner on Sunday.
Giuliani had assigned Kerik to his position.
Kerik responded with a tweet on Tuesday, saying he ‘AGREED!’ that Giuliani ‘did more for the president than all of them combined,’ referring to the Republican National Committee and its chairwoman, Ronna Romney McDaniel.
‘The day after the election, they walked and never looked back. They abandoned Trump, Giuliani and the people of Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia,’ Kerik argued.
Kerik made similar complaints behind closed doors, implying that Giuliani should get a portion of the funds collected.
Trump recoiled at the $20,000-per-day fee proposed by Giuliani’s assistant for the ex-election-related mayor’s work.
Giuliani was only reimbursed for more than $200,000 in expenses by Trump.
Andrew Giuliani, who served in the Trump White House, has confirmed that his father should be paid.
“I think all those Americans that donated after November 3, they were donating for the legal defense fund. My father ran the legal team at that point. So I think it’s very easy to make a very strong case for the fact that he and all the lawyers that worked on there should be indemnified,” the younger Giuliani said.
“I would find it highly irregular if the president’s lead counsel did not get indemnified,” he added.