WASHINGTON – President Trump had lunch with Rudolph W. Giuliani on Saturday. The prosecution investigates Mr Giuliani for possible lobbying violations and speculates that his position as personal advocate for the president is in danger.
At Mr. Trump's golf course in Sterling, Virginia, among other things, the President's support for Mr. Giuliani was shown on Saturday. They seemed to be meant to quell questions about the status of Mr Giuliani with a client known to distance himself from consultants when they encounter their own legal issues.
Before lunch, Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Trump spoke on the phone, two people knew the discussions. Also previously, Mr. Trump praised Mr. Giuliani on Twitter as a "legendary" offender and greatest mayor in NYC history.
Giuliani "may seem a little harsh at times, but he's also a great guy and a wonderful lawyer," continued the president's tweet.
And Mr. Trump rejected the investigation of Mr. Giuliani as a "one-sided witch-hunt" of the "Deep State".
The President reiterated the language he had used to minimize the investigations of the Special Envoy he or his campaign was working with Russians who interfered in the 2016 elections to help him win the presidency.
Mr. Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor and mayor of New York, was appointed last year as defense lawyer for the Special Representative's investigation.
His efforts to undermine the origins of the investigation and its conclusions led Mr. Indictment. The investigation focuses on the question of whether Mr Trump, with the support of Mr Giuliani, has abused the presidency in order to pressure Ukraine to carry out an investigation into its political advantage, including whether Ukrainians have a role in triggering the investigation Special Representative Robert S. Mueller III.
Manhattan's Attorney General is investigating whether Giuliani's efforts in Ukraine may have violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act or FARA's The New York Times reported on Friday.
Mr. Giuliani has defended his work in Ukraine and says he does not have to register under FARA.
Mr. Trump was not enthusiastic about the negative publicity surrounding Mr Giuliani, people near the president said, but he remains faithful because his lawyer is ready to aggressively defend him during the Special Representative's investigation.
It is not clear what was discussed Lunch.
Lunch is unlikely to end speculation as to whether the president will ultimately hold Mr. Giuliani accountable. Another Mr. Trump's personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, met in March 2018, one month before F.B.I. searched his house, hotel room and office. Mr. Trump publicly hugged Mr. Cohen until it became clear that he could speak against the President.
A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Asked about the importance of lunch over a text message Giuliani referred a reporter to Trump's support statement on Twitter.
He said his relationship with Trump was "the same as ever," but declined to answer additional questions, saying he was watching New York Yankees' playoff baseball game against the Houston Astros.
The two persons familiar with the discussions between Mr Trump and Mr Giuliani said that it was difficult to prove that Mr Giuliani had violated FARA.
The law requires US citizens to disclose to the Department of Justice any contact with the government or media in the United States at the direction or request of foreign politicians or government officials, whether or not they have paid for representation.
Mr. Giuliani has confirmed that he and two of his employees, who were arrested on Wednesday for campaign finance charges, have worked with Ukrainian prosecutors to collect potentially harmful information about Trump's and his ally's goals, including a former US ambassador to Ukraine and a former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his younger son Hunter Biden.
Mr. Giuliani shared this material with American government officials and a Trump-friendly columnist this year to undermine the Ambassador and other Trump goals.
But Mr Giuliani said that he had taken over this job on behalf of Mr Trump, not the Ukrainian prosecutors. He said he actually refused an offer to represent one of the prosecutors because it was conflicting with his work for the president.
As for some of Mr Trump's advisers, more than a possible FARA case against him The Ukrainian work is that Mr Giuliani, who pro bono the president, faces a controversial and potentially costly divorce from his third wife Judith Nathan stands and may have taken on clients abroad who may be problematic with prosecutors
Although Mr. Trump did not want to leave Mr. Giuliani, some of his advisors hope he will. They remain concerned about Giuliani's public comment on the President and the Ukraine question.
Kenneth P. Vogel reported from Washington and Maggie Haberman from New York. Annie Karni reported from Washington.