Has Trump told his lawyers not to pay Rudy Giuliani's legal fees?

PRESIDENT Trump is the only sitting president in US history to have been impeached twice.

The president’s relationships with members of his administration are reportedly strained due to the deadly Capitol riot on January 6, with many resigning and leaving his cabinet during the final weeks of his term.

Has Trump told his lawyers not to pay Rudy Giuliani's legal fees?

President Trump’s trusted lawyer Rudy Giuliani is one of the few who has stayed by his side amidst the scandals and the impeachment trials.

Yet, the president reportedly has instructed his aides not to pay Giuliani any legal fees, according to the Washington Post and the New York Times.

White House officials have apparently been blocking Giuliani’s calls to Trump as he is reportedly “offended” with his lawyer’s hefty cost demands of $20,000 as he attempts to fight off election fraud lawsuits.

Giuliani has previously denied charging the president that amount of money.

Additionally, Trump reportedly told his aides that he would take charge in approving Giuliani’s travel reimbursements while he works to dispute the election results.

Was Trump formally impeached? 

The House voted 232 to 197 to impeach Trump on January 13 after he was charged with inciting insurrection for the riot at Capitol Hill.

Trump's impeachment will now head to the Senate, which will vote on whether or not he will be convicted on the charge.

Proceedings are expected to continue on January 19, when the Senate is set to meet next.

However, they could begin before then if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls members of Congress back to meet sooner.

Who is defending Trump in the impeachment trial?

Trump is reportedly thinking of enlisting the help of Giuliani and Alan Dershowitz, a controversial lawyer who has defended clients like Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein.

Dershowitz told Politico on Friday that it would be his "honor and privilege" to defend Trump should he be impeached a second time.

However, the lawyer later clarified to CNN that he meant it would be an "honor and a privilege to defend the Constitution," not Trump himself.

President Trump is set to leave office on January 20 and make a peaceful transition of power to the Biden/Harris administration.

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