Trump defends Giuliani in tweet after report of federal probe

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"So now they are after the legendary "crime buster" and greatest Mayor in the history of NYC, Rudy Giuliani", Trump tweeted Saturday. "He may maybe maybe additionally appear moderately rough around the sides customarily, nonetheless he is also a certified guy and tremendous lawyer".

Trump seemed as if it would strive to create get 22 situation between himself and Giuliani on Friday when reporters requested if Giuliani used to be light representing him.

"Well, I don't know".

Rudy Giuliani's bad week keeps getting worse. "I'm still representing him". "He's a very good attorney and he has been my attorney, yeah, sure".

According to Ross Garber, one of the nation's leading impeachment attorneys, the Giuliani situation stands to have enormous consequences for the President, whose only option at this point is to completely sever his professional and social ties to Giuliani, effective immediately. "Is he your attorney?" the Fox News host asked.

"He's a great gentleman". He was a great mayor.

© Cheriss May for The New York Times The presidential motorcade leaving the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., on Saturday. "He was a fantastic prosecutor".

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"Well, I don't know", Trump said as he left the White House for a campaign rally in Louisiana. "I heard a report today- I can't imagine it", he continued, classifying Giuliani as a man who "looks for corruption".

"Well, I don't know".

The New York Times reported Friday that federal prosecutors are investigating whether Giuliani violated foreign lobbying laws in his work in Ukraine.

Mr. Giuliani has acknowledged that he and two of his associates, who were arrested on campaign finance charges on Wednesday, worked with Ukrainian prosecutors to collect potentially damaging information about targets of Mr. Trump and his allies, including a former American ambassador to Ukraine and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his younger son, Hunter Biden.

Trump was asked about the matter a day after two Giuliani associates were indicted in federal court on alleged campaign finance violations. Their effort aimed to "to gain influence with candidates as to policies that would benefit a future business venture", according to their formal indictment. They allegedly incorporated GEP around the time the contributions were made.

White Residence attorneys hardly ever deal with Giuliani straight, preferring to coordinate when wanted with Jay Sekulow, viewed because the extra even-keeled lawyer on the president's outdoors crew. "[Trump's aides] quietly wish the president would cut ties with Giuliani", the Associated Press reported on Sunday. "We know that President Trump is the one who ordered Ambassador Yovanovitch to be forced out of her position, so he is carrying out their mission essentially of getting rid of the USA ambassador".

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