October 4, 2023

By Katelyn Polantz and Tierney Sneed and Jeremy Herb | CNN

Rudy Giuliani is staring down a whole lot of 1000’s of {dollars} in authorized payments and sanctions amid quite a few lawsuits along with the brand new legal costs – associated to his work for Donald Trump after the 2020 election.

In court docket on Monday, the previous New York Metropolis mayor mentioned the authorized quagmires have left him successfully out of money. He even seems to have responded to a few of the cash crunch by itemizing on the market a 3-bedroom Manhattan house he owns for $6.5 million.

Not together with normal authorized charges, Giuliani faces almost $90,000 in sanctions from a choose in a defamation case, a $20,000 month-to-month price to an organization to host his digital data, $15,000 or extra for a search of his data, and even a $57,000 judgment towards his firm for unpaid cellphone payments.

Whereas he has declined in court docket to offer particulars of his monetary state, his attorneys wrote this week that “producing an in depth monetary report is barely meant to embarrass Mr. Giuliani and draw consideration to his misfortunes.”

Giuliani’s monetary state of affairs is prone to develop into much more tough to navigate within the coming days. He faces doubtlessly perilous court docket choices towards him in two 2020 election defamation lawsuits as early as this week.

Whereas Giuliani’s attorneys’ charges haven’t been paid instantly by Trump’s political motion committee, Trump’s PAC paid greater than $300,000 in Might to an organization dealing with Giuliani’s archived data for proof preservation in court docket instances, in accordance with federal marketing campaign finance data and court docket filings.

“He’s having monetary difficulties,” Giuliani’s attorneys mentioned in a submitting this month in a civil defamation case introduced by two Georgia election employees towards him. “Giuliani wants extra time to pay the attorneys’ charges and would really like the chance to hunt an extension from the Court docket.”

Giuliani is dealing with disbarment proceedings in DC and New York. His legislation license is already suspended – a state of affairs his attorneys say leaves him additional hampered from earning money. And he’s dealing with a private lawsuit from an ex-employee filed in Might, which he’s contesting.

The legal costs that Fulton County District Legal professional Fani Willis introduced towards Trump, Giuliani and 17 others will undoubtedly add to the previous mayor’s authorized payments.

That prosecution is separate from the federal election subversion investigation that looms over Giuliani. He’s “Co-conspirator 1” in particular counsel Jack Smith’s indictment of Trump associated to efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Whereas he has not been indicted, prosecutors proceed to research, together with talking with Giuliani’s ally, Bernie Kerik, about what Giuliani did to show that Trump really received the election, amongst different issues, Kerik’s legal professional advised CNN.

Robert Costello, a lawyer for Giuliani, declined to remark for this story.

Following his indictment in Georgia, Giuliani’s political aide Ted Goodman launched an announcement calling the case “an affront to American Democracy.”

Owed $320,000 for data searches after cellphone was seized

Whereas the entire authorized peril Giuliani now faces revolves round his work for Trump questioning the election’s end result, a major consequence he’d confronted previous to Monday’s legal indictment in Georgia had come from his lack of ability to reply totally to 2020 election-related lawsuits.

When the FBI seized a number of of his cell telephones in April 2021 in a now-closed investigation, a lot of Giuliani’s digital data had been held on a database operated by an organization known as Trustpoint.One. However they had been archived, and working searches on information the corporate held for newer litigation isn’t low-cost. Even  internet hosting his data with the corporate prices $20,000 a month, in accordance with a latest court docket submitting.

Giuliani needed to go looking the data so he may reply in every of the election-related lawsuits, in accordance with court docket filings.

By Might, Giuliani was greater than $320,000 behind in funds to the doc internet hosting firm, in accordance with a sworn assertion he made in court docket. “I would not have the funds to pay this quantity presently,” he wrote. 

He negotiated for a 12 months with what his attorneys say had been “third-party funding sources” for assist in paying his authorized payments, and awaited funding for six months for assist with the Trustpoint invoice, in accordance with Giuliani’s submitting this week within the Smartmatic case.

Trump’s former legal professional seems to have had some reprieve from the money owed in Might, plus a further $20,000 cowl for extra knowledge searches, in accordance with court docket filings, because of the previous president’s political motion committee. The PAC isn’t paying Giluiani’s authorized charges – in contrast to many different Trump allies – however it has paid greater than $400,000 to Trustpoint this 12 months, with an unusually giant sum  going to the corporate in late Might for $340,000, in accordance with federal marketing campaign filings.

Days after that distribution, Giuliani mentioned in one of many lawsuits he faces that he “obtained funding to pay the arrearage” and “cured” his excellent invoice with Trustpoint. He additionally mentioned receiving that “donation” in his newest court docket submitting, saying he thought it could assist cowl for the response he wanted to make within the Smartmatic case.

However the $340,000 fee isn’t sufficient to cowl extra searches, Trustpoint “won’t lengthen any additional credit score” to him, and his invoice to maintain his knowledge held by the corporate will continue to grow by the month, his court docket filings say.

“This isn’t merely an excuse that Giuliani trudges out when required to provide paperwork,” his newest submitting mentioned.

Trustpoint executives didn’t reply to requests for remark.

Defamation lawsuits piling up

Giuliani is the defendant in a number of defamation lawsuits for his statements after the 2020 election.

A federal choose in Washington ordered him to pay a portion of the authorized payments of Georgia election employees Shaye Moss and Ruby Freeman to cowl what that they had spent on attorneys litigating evidence-gathering disputes within the case, by July 25.  He nonetheless hasn’t paid that $89,000, in accordance with court docket data.   

Two weeks later, Giuliani backed down from contesting Moss and Freeman’s claims that he made false statements about them in 2020, saying he needed to “keep away from pointless bills in litigating.”

Moss and Freeman are nonetheless making an attempt to win the lawsuit, and a choose is contemplating ruling finally of their favor. However within the meantime, they’ve requested the choose to order Giuliani to pay one other $44,000 of their authorized charges stemming from their efforts to power him handy over sure proof within the case.

That’s just one lawsuit. Smartmatic, in its defamation case towards Giuliani that prompted his rising data-hosting invoice, requested a choose to sanction Giuliani – together with by ordering him to reimburse the corporate’s authorized charges – for failing to offer the corporate his data.

Dominion Voting Programs, which can also be suing Giuliani for defamation, is searching for paperwork for his or her case however has not pressed the problem of sanctions earlier than a choose presently. Giuliani additionally faces a fourth defamation lawsuit associated to the election from an govt at Dominion.

Smartmatic pointed to the Trump PAC’s funds to Trustpoint as purpose that Giuliani ought to be capable to adjust to its calls for that he search his data and supply the corporate proof because it builds its case, as a result of it’s now obvious others may pay for Giuliani’s rising bills.

However the former mayor mentioned that’s not the case in his court docket filings on Monday.

Giuliani “can not afford to pay at this level” one other $15,000 to $23,000 for extra searches for paperwork within the case, his attorneys wrote.

The New York state choose overseeing Smartmatic’s defamation case has a listening to set for Wednesday.