With his attorney in tow, Rudy Giuliani traveled to Mar-a-Lago in recent months on a mission to make a personal and desperate appeal to former President Donald Trump to pay his legal bills. By going in person, a source familiar with the matter told CNN, Giuliani and his lawyer Robert Costello believed they could explain face-to-face why Trump needed to assist his former attorney with his ballooning legal bills.
Giuliani and Costello traveled to Florida in late April where they had two meetings with Trump to discuss Giuliani’s seven-figure legal fees, making several pitches about how paying Giuliani’s bills was ultimately in Trump’s best interest. But the former president, who is notoriously strict about dipping into his own coffers, didn’t seem very interested. Trump only agreed to cover a small fee from a data vendor hosting Giuliani’s records.
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.@kaitlancollins and @PaulaReidCNN have more reporting that makes clear that what was true in November 2020 is still true now: it’s Trump who doesn’t want to pay Rudy, legal bills or otherwise https://t.co/STl4VGJKel
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 17, 2023