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Rudy Giuliani lays bare his finances in bankruptcy hearing

Rudy Giuliani lays bare his finances in bankruptcy hearing

Rudy Giuliani appears outside bankruptcy court in Manhattan on 7 February (Alex Woodward/The Independent) Flanked by two attorneys at a desk in a small conference room, Rudy Giuliani sat through a federal bankruptcy court hearing that often felt more like a free-wheeling, wide-ranging interview about his financial affairs than a court’s probe to determine how, exactly, he can dig himself out. The hearing near Manhattan’s Wall Street on Wednesday was steps away from Cipriani, the venue where the former New York City mayor and one-time attorney for Donald Trump joined the former president and loyalists in December to launch his 2024 campaign. Less than two months later, Mr Giuliani was on the fifth floor of a bankruptcy court down the street, where he testified for the first time about his strained financial state after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the wake of a nearly $150m defamation judgment for his election lies. The hearing combed through dozens of pages of financial statements, including potential impacts from pending lawsuits for defamation and other allegations that could …

Rudy Giuliani targets Donald Trump for ‘unpaid legal fees’ in new bankruptcy filing

Rudy Giuliani targets Donald Trump for ‘unpaid legal fees’ in new bankruptcy filing

Donald Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani has listed a claim against the one-term president over unpaid legal fees in a new bankruptcy filing. The ex-New York City mayor includes a “possible claim for unpaid legal fees against Donald J Trump.” in the 26 January filing, which states that the amount is “undetermined.” Mr Giuliani filed for bankruptcy last month, days after a federal judge ordered him to “immediately” pay more than $148m to a pair of Georgia election workers a jury determined he defamed. Mr Giuliani represented Mr Trump in a string of unsuccessful lawsuits contesting the results of the 2020 election that he lost to Joe Biden. Mr Trump’s legal fees owed to Mr Giuliani have previously been reported. The New York Times wrote in August 2023 that “Mr Trump has never explicitly told Mr Giuliani why he is effectively stiffing him, but the former president has pointed out that he lost the cases related to the election.” Rudy Giuliani speaks to members of the media on 21 January 2024 in Manchester, New Hampshire …

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani raises less than  million in legal defense fund

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani raises less than $1 million in legal defense fund

Rudy Giuliani was able to raise less than $1 million from just 13 donors, among them his friends and a group of former President Donald Trump’s allies, to help pay off his legal fees as he faces a $146 million defamation judgment and a criminal prosecution, a new Federal Election Commission filing reviewed by CNBC shows. Giuliani’s political action committee raised just over $727,000 from August through December, according to the FEC filing Thursday. His son Andrew Giuliani, who is helping run the PAC, did not return a request for comment on the haul. The single biggest donation came from a Corona del Mar, California, woman named Caryn Borland, who donated $300,000, more than 40% of the total donations to Giuliani, the filing shows. Borland, who also is known as Caryn Hildenbrand, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Last year, the Caryn L Hildenbrand Living Trust donated $1 million to a legal defense fund for Trump, which also was the single largest donation to that fund, which had raised $1.6 million, according …

Rudy Giuliani Accused of Using Bankruptcy Filing to Stiff the Election Workers He Owes 8 Million

Rudy Giuliani Accused of Using Bankruptcy Filing to Stiff the Election Workers He Owes $148 Million

When Rudy Giuliani was ordered last month to pay Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, the 2020 election workers he defamed, nearly $150 million, the resounding response heard ’round the world went something like, “There’s no way he’s got even close to that kind of money.” But clearly, he’s got some money, which is why Freeman and Moss are calling bullshit on his decision to file for bankruptcy protection, which they believe is an attempt to get out of paying them a dime. Per CNN, the mother-daughter duo alleged in a court filing Thursday that they attempted to collect some of the money they were awarded, days after a jury ordered the former mayor to pay the women $148 million. But they could not do so because Giuliani had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. (Filing for bankruptcy allowed Giuliani temporary but immediate relief from paying debts owed. He has also said he intends to appeal the verdict but would, conveniently, have to get permission from the bankruptcy judge.) “If Mr. Giuliani truly wanted to appeal the …

The Trump legal cases to watch in 2024

The Trump legal cases to watch in 2024

This year promises to be a busy one for the Trump legal team, with the former US president facing accusations of wrongdoing – ranging from the civil to the criminal to the unconstitutional – in multiple states and jurisdictions. Here is a look at the four criminal indictments (and others) that Donald Trump will be facing in 2024, even as he vies to retake the presidency in November.  Donald Trump has been charged with a total of 91 felony counts in four criminal indictments, with the former president facing possible prison sentences in each case.  Special Counsel Jack Smith charged Trump with four counts related to federal election interference for his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential vote (trial set for March 4) Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg indicted Trump on 34 felony counts involving the falsification of business records to conceal hush money payments (trial set for March 25) The special counsel unsealed 37 felony charges related to mishandling classified documents at Trump’s Florida estate (trial set for May 20) Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis brought a total of 41 counts against …

America’s spam-call scourge – The Atlantic

America’s spam-call scourge – The Atlantic

This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture. Sign up for it here. Any person with a phone knows that spam calls are a real problem in the United States. But fighting them is like playing whack-a-mole. First, here are four new stories from The Atlantic: Robocall Whack-a-Mole In a classic Seinfeld scene, Jerry answers a phone call from a telemarketer, says he’s busy, and asks if he can call them back at home later. “I’m sorry, we’re not allowed to do that,” the marketer replies. “Oh,” Jerry says, “I guess you don’t want people calling you at home.” “No.” “Well, now you know how I feel,” Jerry says, before hanging up to the sound of studio laughter. It’s a quintessential Seinfeld joke, trenchant about the peeves of everyday life in America. Calls from telemarketers were already a well-known annoyance in the 1990s, but both telemarketing and spam calls have morphed into …

A stubborn workplace holiday tradition

A stubborn workplace holiday tradition

This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture. Sign up for it here. So much can go wrong at an office holiday party. And yet … see you in the break room at 5:30. First, here are three new stories from The Atlantic: A Baked-In Norm Many Americans have reconsidered the role of work in their lives in recent years. Is your office your family? No. Are your co-workers your friends? Not necessarily. Are you all still expected at the holiday party in the break room at 5:30? Yes. For some, sipping complimentary eggnog and listening to Mariah Carey with co-workers is a delight. For others, the office holiday party is a form of personal purgatory. These gatherings can be polarizing, but even through the profound cultural shifts of the past few years, the tradition of the white-collar holiday party endures. The office holiday party is a vestige of a time when …

Trump’s Loyalty Only Goes One Way

Trump’s Loyalty Only Goes One Way

The symmetry is striking: two lawyers, two different eras of Donald Trump’s career, and two courtrooms in different regions of the country. The lessons from Jenna Ellis and Michael Cohen, however, are the same. Loyalty to Trump is seldom returned, with disastrous results for those who offer it. In an Atlanta courtroom today, Jenna Ellis, a former attorney for Trump, pleaded guilty to a single felony count of aiding and abetting false statements. She agreed to five years’ probation and will pay restitution and testify in future cases. Ellis is the third lawyer—following Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro—to plead guilty in the past week as part of the wide-reaching racketeering case over attempts to subvert the 2020 presidential election. But she is the first to make a statement in court as she entered her plea, and what she said was revealing. “As an attorney who is also a Christian, I take my responsibilities as a lawyer very seriously and I endeavor to be a person of sound moral and ethical character in all of my …

Another Domino Falls in Georgia

Another Domino Falls in Georgia

Three down, 16 to go. With the attorney Kenneth Chesebro agreeing to plead guilty to a single felony today, the Fulton County, Georgia, racketeering case against Donald Trump and others for attempting to steal the 2020 election has one more conviction and one fewer defendant. As part of the deal, Chesebro pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to file false documents. He’ll pay $5,000 in fines, write an apology letter, and face five years of probation. Perhaps most important, he agreed to testify in upcoming trials. Chesebro faced seven counts that portrayed him as central to a scheme to send slates of false electors to Washington, D.C., after the 2020 election and to efforts to disrupt the certification of the election on January 6, 2021, in Congress. He had argued that he was merely offering legal opinions to clients. Chesebro’s plea came on the same day that jury selection had begun in his case, and one day after the attorney Sidney Powell took a somewhat similar plea deal. Scott Hall, an Atlanta bail bondsman, …

Sidney Powell’s Guilty Plea Threatens Trump’s Inner Circle

Sidney Powell’s Guilty Plea Threatens Trump’s Inner Circle

The Kraken has been released—on probation. Sidney Powell, the attorney who used that catchphrase for her work to overturn the 2020 presidential election, pleaded guilty today to six misdemeanors in Fulton County, Georgia, as part of a sweeping racketeering case against Donald Trump and 16 others. Under the terms of the deal, Powell admitted she conspired to breach the election systems in Coffee County, Georgia. She recorded a proffer video with prosecutors that described the crimes and she agreed to testify at future cases. She also wrote an apology letter to citizens of Georgia and agreed to pay almost $9,000 in fines. The plea deal appears to be a very good one for Powell—letting her off with only misdemeanors, which can be wiped from her record as a first offender if she complies with the terms of the agreement. She was set to go on trial tomorrow, alongside lawyer Kenneth Chesebro, who is accused of designing a scheme to submit false electors on behalf of Trump. (Powell still faces defamation charges from manufacturers of voting …