Giuliani Resigns From Private Law Firm Citing Mueller Probe Pressures

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani

The former New York City mayor announced Thursday that he is resigning from the law firm, report the New York Times, Politico and the National Law Journal.

Rudy Giuliani has resigned from a top law firm due to the "pressing demands" of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, according to The Hill.

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But in a statement on Thursday, the former New York City mayor said he meant to permanently resign from the firm.

"I wouldn't want to take his concentration off something far, far more important", he said.

In a statement released to the New York Times, the firm maintained that Giuliani could not split his commitments between the White House and New York.

However, Giuliani's departure may stem from tensions within the firm over his representation of the president.

During his brief time working for Trump, Giuliani has revealed the president reimbursed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for $130,000 in hush money regarding his alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels.

One night after former New Jersey governor Chris Christie took in the opening game of a three-game series between the Yankees and Boston Red Sox, Rudy Giuliani, a newly appointed attorney for President Donald Trump, made his way to the Bronx on Wednesday.

"On April 19th, I took a temporary leave of absence from my firm, Greenberg Traurig", Giuliani's statement read in part.

In interviews, Giuliani suggested that such payments were not uncommon at his law firm to calm accusations confronting wealthy and well-known people.

He said then that an interview "could have been worked out" already but things were complicated by the recent raid on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's office, as well as the leak of the questions.

"We can not speak for Mr. Giuliani with respect to what was intended by his remarks", Greenberg managing director Jill Perry told The New York Times.

Trump had previously denied knowledge of the payment.

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