October 4, 2023

By Kaitlan Collins and Paula Reid | CNN

Together with his legal professional in tow, Rudy Giuliani traveled to Mar-a-Lago in latest months on a mission to make a private and determined attraction to former President Donald Trump to pay his authorized payments. By getting into particular person, a supply accustomed to the matter informed CNN, Giuliani and his lawyer Robert Costello believed they might clarify face-to-face why Trump wanted to help his former legal professional along with his ballooning authorized payments.

Giuliani and Costello traveled to Florida in late April the place that they had two conferences with Trump to debate Giuliani’s seven-figure authorized charges, making a number of pitches about how paying Giuliani’s payments was finally in Trump’s greatest curiosity.

However the former president, who’s notoriously strict about dipping into his personal coffers, didn’t appear very . After Costello made his pitch, Trump verbally agreed to assist with a few of Giuliani’s authorized payments with out committing to any certain quantity or timeline.

Trump additionally agreed to cease by two fundraisers for Giuliani, a separate supply mentioned.

One other supply informed CNN that Trump solely agreed to cowl a small payment from a knowledge vendor internet hosting Giuliani’s information. And months later, Trump’s Save America PAC paid $340,000 to that vendor, Trustpoint, federal marketing campaign filings present. CNN has now confirmed the fee was supposed to settle Giuliani’s excellent invoice with the corporate.

One other legal professional for Giuliani referenced that fee in courtroom Wednesday, telling a New York state decide at a listening to that the previous New York mayor doesn’t have the cash to pay extra authorized prices to provide the information in a defamation lawsuit introduced by voting expertise firm Smartmatic, claiming monetary hardship.

The legal professional additionally referenced the one-time fee from Trump’s Save America PAC, and a supply confirmed Giuliani has not acquired any extra funds since then. (Smartmatic has sued Giuliani over the 2020 election lies he peddled on Fox Information and different right-wing networks.)

Giuliani’s journey to Mar-a-Lago, which has not been beforehand reported, signifies the extent of monetary stress that he has been going through for months, as his authorized troubles have continued to pile up.

However what has shocked these in Trump’s internal circle is the previous president’s unwillingness to pay for Giuliani’s payments, given Giuliani might discover himself underneath intense stress to cooperate with the federal and state prosecutors who’ve charged Trump. Giuliani sat down voluntarily with particular counsel Jack Smith’s investigators this summer time, and he was indicted this week in Georgia by the Fulton County district legal professional.

“It’s not a wise thought” for Trump to refuse to pay Giuliani’s authorized charges, one particular person near the state of affairs informed CNN, referencing how Trump’s relationship with Michael Cohen famously deteriorated whereas he was investigated by particular counsel Robert Mueller.

CNN reported on Tuesday that Giuliani is staring down a whole bunch of 1000’s of {dollars} in authorized payments and sanctions amid quite a few lawsuits tied to his false claims that the 2020 election was rigged.

His attorneys have mentioned in courtroom that these authorized quagmires have left him successfully out of money and that he “can’t afford” a doubtlessly $15,000 to $23,000 invoice to pay for extra discovery-related doc searches. He even seems to have responded to among the cash crunch by itemizing on the market a three-bedroom Manhattan condominium he owns for $6.5 million.