Rudy Giuliani recently stated in bankruptcy court on Wednesday that former President Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign owes him $2 million in legal fees.
In November 2020, former New York mayor Giuliani claimed that Trump asked him to oversee the legal operations for his campaign. This was during the month when Trump lost the presidential election and falsely claimed that it was rigged against him. Giuliani was a strong advocate for Trump’s claims and worked to prove them, despite a lack of evidence.
“At that point, he had a tremendous number of complaints that there had been fraud in the election,” Giuliani said in a meeting with creditors and the office of the U.S. Trustee in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York. “He asked me to lead that effort.”
It has been noted that Giuliani filed for bankruptcy in December less than one week after a jury ordered him to pay $148 million in damages to two Georgia election workers he defamed. He alleged they helped rig the election in part by “quite obviously surreptitiously passing around USB ports as if they’re vials of heroin or cocaine.” One of the women had to move due to threats.
“Once I took over, it was my understanding that I would be paid by the campaign for my legal work and my expenses to be paid,” Giuliani said in Wednesday’s meeting. “When we submitted the invoice for payment, they just paid the expenses. Not all but most. They never paid the legal fees.”
He said the campaign paid his expenses but he “never got a salary.” Giuliani added that while he didn’t tabulate how much he thinks he is owed, he put the figure at $2 million.
A spokesman for Giuliani claimed the former mayor is the victim of political persecution.
“The only reason we’re here today is because Mayor Rudy Giuliani has the courage to speak up and take on the permanent Washington political class, and he refuses to be unfairly censored or bullied into silence,” said Ted Goodman.