(NewsGlobal.com)- A new report issued by The New York Times has revealed that former President Donald Trump’s one-time personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, made quite the request to his then-boss.
The disgraced lawyer apparently had a letter sent on his behalf to Trump. That letter requested Trump to issue Giuliani a pardon. Not only that, he requested financial payments for his services and to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The letter was written by Maria Ryan, an associate of Giuliani’s, according to The Times. It never made it to Trump’s desk, though, as it was intercepted by Bernard B. Kerik, who was serving as an adviser to Giuliani at the time.
Ryan’s letter was requesting not only $2.5 million to be paid to Giuliani for legal services rendered, it also requested that she be paid almost $50,000. She wrote in the letter:
“As you know, [Giuliani] lost his job and income and more defending you during the Russia hoax investigation and then the impeachment pro bono.”
Andrew Kirtzman, a journalist, details the entire ordeal in his new book, which is called “Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America’s Mayor.” It’s due to be released in September.
Specifically, Kirtzman writes in the book that Ryan’s note read:
“Dear Mr. President, I tried to call you yesterday to talk about business. The honorable Rudy Giuliani has worked 24/7 on the voter fraud issues. He has led a team of lawyers, data analysts and investigators. He needs to be paid for his services.”
According to Kirtzman’s book, Ryan asked Trump for a “general pardon” for Giuliani when she wrote the letter, which came only four days following the Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021.
That would seem to corroborate the testimony that was given to the House’s special January 6 investigating committee by Cassidy Hutchinson, a former senior aide in the White House. She told the committee that not only did her one-time boss, Mark Meadows, request a pardon from Trump, but so did Giuliani.
Giuliani’s attorneys have denied on multiple occasions that he ever asked Trump to pardon him in any way. Robert Costello, who is serving as an attorney for Giuliani, issued a statement on behalf of his client recently about the matter, where the former mayor of New York City said:
“Not only didn’t I ever request a pardon. I told my client, President Trump, that if I was offered a pardon, I would turn it down. Since I had done nothing wrong, there was no need for a pardon.”
Giuliani even took to Twitter to back up that statement to write:
“Actually, I told the President I did not want or need one.”
He has since deleted that tweet, though.
Giuliani has found himself in a lot of hot water over the last few years. He’s been named a “target” of the investigation being conducted into Trump potentially meddling in the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.
A judge ordered Giuliani to appear before a grand jury there, which he did last week.