NEWS - Giuliani allies have been pressing for Trump team to have Trump's legal defense money cover Rudy legal bills Ben Protess and me…
The tensions over Giuliani's unpaid legal work - and mounting legal bills stemming from Dominion and Smartmatic - have uncomfortable echos for some Trump allies to the situation with Michael Cohen…
Giuliani advisers believe that Trump is not the one to blame for why Giuliani's fees haven't been covered, and blame his advisers. But people close to Trump say that, so far, Trump has been adamant about not paying Giuliani…
A bunch of Giuliani's expenses related to his post-Nov. 3 efforts were finally paid in January, before Trump left office, but that was a drawn-out process requiring Trump to sign off, per people briefed…
Giuliani allies were disappointed he didn't get a pre-emptive pardon at the end of Trump's term. Such a pardon was discussed in White House but Trump was cautioned against it for Giuliani and others he was considering giving one to, like his family members…
A person close to Giuliani said the Trump campaign should be careful to ensure money in the war chest was spent in connection with the election effort because it was solicited from the public for that purpose.…

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