President Trump has reportedly instructed his aides to halt all pending payments to his personal attorney Rudy Guiliani after weeks of continually pressed the lawyer to challenge the results of the election in courts across the country. Reports indicate that President Trump is now personally approving pending expenses for Guiliani now that Trump has ceased efforts to overturn the election and shifted focus to ensuring a peaceful transition into the Biden administration.
Yesterday, President Trump released a statement condemning all violence as reports of aggressive demonstrations planned in the capital and across the nation ahead of Biden’s inauguration have begun circulating.
“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking, and NO vandalism of any kind. That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank you,” President Trump wrote.
The Hill reports:
Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a close ally of the president who has spoken with Trump in recent days, told the Post that Trump has come to terms with his election defeat.
“The president has come to grips with it’s over,” Graham told the Post. “That’s tough. He thinks he was cheated, but nothing’s going to change that.”
The apparent end of the president’s efforts to legally challenge the results of the presidential election comes nearly two months after the election itself and days after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a violent riot that resulted in five deaths, including a Capitol Police officer. A second officer responding to the scene died days later.
Upon learning that President Trump has halted payments to Guiliani, Michael Cohen tweeted about the incident calling on Guiliani to follow suit and sue Trump. Cohen was Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer.
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) January 14, 2021