Report Isolated and angry Trump refuses to pay Rudy Giuliani for legal work

 In this Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, Rudy Giuliani, attorney for President Donald Trump, addresses a gathering during a campaign event.

President Donald Trump is reportedly taking out his frustrations on his personal attorney and longtime friend, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

And he’s doing it in the classic Trump fashion: by refusing to pay him.

The Washington Post said Trump is trying to stiff Giuliani, who has spent the past months traveling the country and spreading wild conspiracy theories about the November election on behalf of the president.

Citing two unnamed officials, the newspaper said Trump has not only refused to pay Giuliani’s legal fees but has told aides that all reimbursement requests for travel and other expenses need to go through him.

The Post said Trump was unhappy with Giuliani’s demand for $20,000 a day in fees and “has privately expressed concern” with some of his attorney’s moves.

‘I never asked for $20,000’

The former mayor last year denied seeking that specific amount, claiming a much more unusual fee structure instead.

“I never asked for $20,000,” he told The New York Times in November. “The arrangement is we’ll work it out at the end.”

Giuliani last week demanded “trial by combat” during a rally in Washington as Congress met to certify the election results that he had been challenging in courts on behalf of Trump, who later urged the crowd at the rally to march on the Capitol.

Shortly after, the Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a deadly siege that disrupted the congressional proceedings for hours and forced lawmakers into hiding as the mob ransacked the building.

The president’s critics on Twitter took note of his growing feud with his attorney:


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Rachel Maddow Explains Why Donald Trump May Yet Resign


There may only be days left of Donald Trump’s presidency.

But MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow still thinks there’s a chance that Trump ― who now faces being impeached for a second time for inciting last week’s Capitol riot — may resign before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

But Trump wouldn’t leave the White House for the good of the country, Maddow said on her prime time show Monday. Instead, the anchor suggested it would be a last-ditch effort by Trump to save himself from criminal prosecution.

“I can hear you, I can see you giving me the hand on this. ‘Oh, please, Maddow, as if? This guy feels no shame. He would never resign. Something for the good of the country, he’s incapable.’ I know. I hear you,” she acknowledged.

Maddow noted that the article of impeachment being brought against Trump by Democrats — incitement to insurrection — is also a criminal charge that carries a potential 10-year prison sentence and a lifetime ban from holding office.

Trump has floated the idea of pardoning himself before leaving the White House, but has reportedly been cautioned against doing so by former Attorney General Bill Barr and White House counsel Pat Cipollone.

But if Trump “were to resign from office now, in exchange for (Vice President) Mike Pence pardoning him, well, that would work,” speculated Maddow.



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Congress mulls legislation to remove those who engaged in insurrection

Josh Hawley

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., gestures toward a crowd of President Trump's supporters gathered outside the Capitol on Jan. 6. 

Amid the continuing fallout from last week’s deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol, Democrats are forging ahead with legislation to remove Republican lawmakers for inciting the riot.

While there has been focus on President Trump’s possible impeachment and the use of the 25th Amendment to remove him from office, some House Democrats say they will invoke the 14th Amendment to call for the removal of Trump and congressional Republicans who helped incite the insurrection through their push to invalidate the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“If we allow insurrection against the United States with impunity, with no accountability, we are inviting it to happen again,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” Sunday.

Police clash with Trump' supporters Police clash with militant Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. (Mostafa Bassim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

What is the 14th Amendment?

The 14th Amendment was adopted just after the Civil War to set terms for the readmission of former Confederate states into the Union.

What does it say?

Section 3 of the 14th Amendment says no elected official “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion”:

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any Stat

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