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Giuliani: I'm Still Trump's Attorney. Trump: 'Well, I Don't Know'

Amid the confusion, source says Giuliani is indeed still Trump's lawyer but won't handle Ukraine issues
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2019 6:30 AM CDT
In this Aug. 1, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani addresses a gathering during a campaign event in Portsmouth, NH.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

(Newser) – Rudy Giuliani remains in the hot seat over his dealings in Ukraine for President Trump, with a reported federal investigation into his lobbying and his role in undermining the ex-American ambassador to Ukraine. Now, President Trump is not only saying he doesn't know the two Giuliani associates who were arrested this week for campaign finance violations—he doesn't even seem 100% sure what role Giuliani still plays in his sphere. As the president left the White House Friday to head to a rally in Louisiana, a reporter asked him if Giuliani was still his personal attorney, and Trump waffled a bit. "Well, I don't know, I haven't spoken to Rudy," he responded. "I spoke to him yesterday briefly, uh, he's a very good attorney, and he has been my attorney, yeah, sure."

That's all he said on that, but the Washington Post notes Giuliani had a more definitive answer. "Yes. I am still his attorney," the ex-New York City mayor texted to the paper's Josh Dawsey. A source said to be close to Trump's legal team tells CNN that Giuliani is indeed still the president's lawyer, but that he won't be handling anything involving Ukraine. Giuliani's own words to the news outlet: "There are no Ukraine issues. I finished that in March. I'm still representing him." The White House declined to comment on the whole matter. Meanwhile, sources tell Politico that others in Trump's sphere want Giuliani out of there, his "long-winded monologues" and "freewheeling accusations" a liability to the president. "Rudy Giuliani needs to stop talking," an ex-campaign official says. (Read more Rudy Giuliani stories.)

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