Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of NY, has joined the legal team representing President Trump in the investigation of whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation.
In a statement issued by Sekulow and appearing in news reports, Trump said "Rudy is great" and has been in his friend "for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country".
In recent weeks, Mr Trump has struggled to bring on attorneys and last month lost one of the key lawyers representing him.
Giuliani, a former U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of NY from 1983 to 1989, has been law firm colleagues with another U.S. attorney, Geoffrey Berman, who left Greenberg to become the top Manhattan federal prosecutor in January. He declined to say whether Trump has made a final decision on whether to sit for an interview with Mueller.
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Trump has been mulling for weeks whether to do so, veering between wanting to meet with Mueller to moving away from the idea, especially after the home, offices and hotel room of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, were raided this month.
Trump's legal counsel, Jay Sekulow, announced the hire Thursday afternoon, in a statement that quotes Trump describing Giuliani as "great" and an old friend.
"I have had the privilege of working with Mayor Giuliani for many years, and we welcome his expertise".
Giuliani has always been supportive of Trump politically, often appearing as a surrogate for the campaign on cable news leading up to the 2016 election.
Sekulow said that Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin are also joining the legal team. Axios also reported that Giulianiwas considered as a replacement for Attorney General Jeff Sessions last summer, but that plan was never carried out.