Rudy Giuliani is cutting back on his team as he continues to battle legal troubles in the face of rising costs.
President Trump’s former attorney has fired a number of staff and independent contractors in recent weeks as the ex-NYC mayor tries to cut costs.
Politics reports that Giuliani now has a part-time driver in Eric Ryan, the son of Giuliani’s rumored girlfriend Maria Ryan.
Giuliani got out in Manhattan on Saturday with Ryan – his rumored 56-year-old girlfriend and former alleged mistress.
Giuliani, wearing a face mask, was seen at a cafe near his Upper East Side apartment, where Ryan met him.
Ryan, who stepped down as CEO of a New Hampshire hospital in December, has reportedly been in a relationship with Trump’s personal attorney since 2018.
Rudy Giuliani (right) is shrinking the size of his entourage as his legal troubles grow
Giuliani, wearing a face mask, was seen arriving at a cafe near his Upper East Side apartment, where Ryan was met.
His part-time driver, Eric Ryan, is the son of Giuliani’s rumored girlfriend, Maria Ryan (pictured)
Giuliani has previously denied allegations that he had an affair with Ryan while still married to his third wife, Judy Giuliani.
Ryan was named as Giuliani’s alleged mistress in court documents filed in 2018 amid his divorce from Judy.
Giuliani denied there was evidence of an affair, despite the fact that they spent the night together in a hotel in upstate New York.
Giuliani called Ryan an “ associate ” earlier this year when he admitted to charging Trump $ 20,000 a day to contest the election results – despite previously denying demanding money for his legal services.
Giuliani led Trump’s attempt to reverse election results in swing states, but he was never paid for his work
Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home was the subject of a New York raid last week
He told it New York Times in January that his associate – whom he called Maria Ryan – had sent an email to at least three Trump campaign officials in November demanding payment.
Rudy Giuliani’s divorce from Judy has proven to be a major drain on his bank account in the past.
In 2019, the Washington Post reported that he pays $ 42,000 in alimony to Judy every month.
The filings showed that Giuliani made $ 7.9 million in 2016, $ 9.5 million in 2017, and $ 6.8 million in 2018.
The FBI executed a search warrant in Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment on April 28
Giuliani is under investigation for alleged violation of the law on the registration of foreign agents
Giuliani’s advisers are urging the former president’s aides to donate $ 250 million into his election fund to pay his ex-attorney, who is now under federal investigation.
The New York Times reported this on Tuesday about the pressure campaign following the FBI that ransacked Giuliani’s home and office last week.
Giuliani is under investigation for alleged violation of the law on the registration of foreign agents.
Last week, his home and office were raided in Manhattan and his electronic equipment was seized as part of the investigation into whether the 76-year-old was acting as an unregistered federal agent and lobbying the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs.
The investigation was prompted by a case against two Soviet-born men who assisted Giuliani in attempts to obtain incriminating information in Ukraine against Hunter Biden, who was on the board of an energy company there.
Giuliani is investigating whether the 76-year-old acted as an unregistered federal agent and lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs.
During the late stages of the 2020 election campaign, photos of Hunter Biden with drug paraphernalia, along with documents and emails, were released by Giuliani to The New York Post.
The authenticity of the information and how Giuliani got it were immediately questioned; he claimed the media has attacked him ever since.
Giuliani is also being sued by voting machine companies Dominion and Smartmatic over false claims he made about the devices that turn Trump’s votes to Joe Biden.
The Times reported that while Giuliani was in charge of Trump’s attempt to reverse election results in swing states, he was never paid for his work.
The paper previously reported that Trump was opposed to the $ 20,000-a-day fee that a Giuliani assistant asked if the ex-mayor would be paid for election-related efforts.
However, Trump has repaid Giuliani for more than $ 200,000 in expenses, the story said.
Giuliani’s son Andrew, who worked for the Trump White House, told ABC News he felt his father should be compensated.
“I think all those Americans who donated after November 3 donated to the legal defense fund. My father was leading the legal team at the time. So I think it’s very easy to make a very strong case for him and all the lawyers who have worked there to be indemnified, ‘Andrew Giuliani said.
“I would find it highly erratic if the president’s chief attorney was not compensated,” he added.