The renegade group of anti-Trump conservatives known as "Republicans for the Rule of Law", which is defending the Special Counsel investigation into alleged collusion with Russian Federation, is now turning its fire on Donald Trump's legal advisor Rudy Giuliani.
Giuliani, who took a leave of absence from Greenberg Traurig last month, suggested on Fox News last week that payments like the one for $130,000 that Cohen made to keep Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, quiet about an affair she allegedly had with Trump, are not unusual at the firm.
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks during the 2016 Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena. Richard Rosenbaum, the firm's executive chairman, said Giuliani's resignation went into effect on Wednesday. More likely, as others have speculated, "America's Mayor" was told he had 24 hours to cough up a letter announcing his departure, or the firm would cough it up for him.
Giuliani told CNN on Friday that this case was not related to his work with the president and that he "did it as a favor".
Giuliani joined the team almost one month after the resignation of John Dowd, a former personal attorney to Trump.
"It would be very helpful for the public to witness a discussion between Mr. Giuliani and me concerning the facts of the case", Avenatti said Tuesday in a Twitter post.
"Michael would take care of things like this like I take care of this with my clients", Giuliani added. But on Thursday, the firm announced Giuliani's resignation, effective the day before.
Indeed, according to The New York Times, they were not pleased at all.
"I represented clients who paid substantially more than that", Giuliani said in another Fox News interview, before discussing unnamed clients who were in similar scenarios.
Giuliani and the firm released statements together. At least not without informing their client first.
After Giuliani's resignation, effective Wednesday, was made public, Greenberg Traurig spokeswoman Jill Perry told The New York Times,"We can not speak for Mr. Giuliani with respect to what was intended by his remarks". "Speaking for ourselves, we would not condone payments of the nature alleged to have been made or otherwise without the knowledge and direction of a client". Those sorts of reviews are typically seen as a negative for companies advertising their legal services.