Report: Giuliani Asked to Be Paid $20K a Day

He alleges voter fraud in Pennsylvania court appearance
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2020 5:11 PM CST
Report: Giuliani Asked to Be Paid $20K a Day
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks during a news conference on legal challenges to vote counting in Pennsylvania, Saturday Nov. 7, 2020, in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Rudy Giuliani's courtroom skills may be a little rusty—an election case in Pennsylvania Tuesday was his first appearance in a federal court since 1992, according to court records—but sources say he's still seeking an extremely high price for his services. Insiders tell the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal that the former New York City mayor, who is overseeing President Trump's election challenges, has asked the Trump campaign for $20,000 a day, which would make him one of the highest-paid lawyers on the planet. Giuliani, who started representing Trump for free during the Mueller investigation in 2018, started asking for a fee the day after Election Day, the sources say. Giuliani denied the reports, telling the Times that he "never asked for $20,000" and "the arrangement is, we'll work it out at the end."

Giuliani was granted permission to participate just before the Tuesday hearing on Pennsylvania's motion to dismiss a Trump campaign lawsuit to block certification of election results began, Bloomberg reports. Giuliani alleged that Democrats had allowed widespread fraud to take place by blocking monitoring of mail-in ballots. "If this is allowed without serious sanctions, this will become an epidemic," he told Judge Matthew Brann. Mark Aronchick, a lawyer for several county election boards, called Giuliani's attempt to have 700,000 mail-in ballots invalidated "disgraceful" and accused him of living in a "fantasy world." During the Brann hearing, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed another defeat to the Trump campaign with a 5-2 opinion that officials had given GOP observers sufficient access to vote-counting in Philadelphia, the AP reports. (More Rudy Giuliani stories.)

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