Former President Donald Trump (right) has voiced his support for his former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani (left) (Picture: Reuters)
Ex-President Donald Trump held a $100,000-per-person fundraiser for his former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani who faces mounting legal fees from trying to help his client overturn the 2020 election.
Trump hosted the fundraiser for struggling Giuliani at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Thursday night.
Giuliani’s son, Andrew, said Trump was expected to have raised more than $1million, and that he committed to holding another fundraiser for him at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida in the fall or winter.
‘So that will be very helpful,’ Andrew told WABC radio.
Rudolph Giuliani surrendered and was booked at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 25 (Picture: PA)
But ‘it won’t be enough to get through this’, his son said.
Giuliani has amassed legal bills in the millions from defamation lawsuits around his work representing Trump in his fight to undermine the presidential election results.
He took the latest hit in being one of 19, including Trump, to be indicted in Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ election subversion probe last month. Trump and all of his co-defendants face the same charge of racketeering under the state’s RICO laws.
Giuliani faces trial and may be ordered to pay a high amount in damages to two Georgia election workers who claim they were false accused of fraud. The former New York City mayor already faces tens of thousands of dollars in legal bills.
Ex-President Donald Trump (middle) and 18 allies were indicted in the Georgia election subversion probe (Picture: Reuters)
Andrew created the Giuliani Defense PAC to raise money for his dad’s legal battles. Supporters have been asked to contribute to the Rudy Giuliani Freedom Fund.
But an expert in the RICO laws opined it might be difficult for co-defendants to get financial assistance from Trump and his 2024 campaign.
‘Georgia RICO charges are exceedingly hard to finance a defense for under any circumstances, but here Trump not only has state proceedings to litigate but also a potential removal effort in federal court,’ Georgia State University law professor Anthony Michael Kreis told CBS News.
‘And with PAC cash being a finite resource, diverting funds toward a legal defense necessarily takes away from something else.
‘It will likely get very costly and undermine political work that might have a larger budget but for the diverted cash.’
After being processed in jail and having his mugshot taken on August 25, Giuliani told reporters that he spoke with Trump the same day.
‘I wish him well,’ Giuliani said. ‘I have every confidence in him.’
Trump quickly showed his support for Giuliani with a Truth Social post stating: ‘The greatest Mayor in the history of New York City was just ARRESTED in Atlanta, Georgia, because he fought for Election Integrity.’
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