“Due to the fact that I may be a witness, the rules of legal ethics would prohibit me from representing the President as trial counsel in the impeachment trial,” Giuliani said in a statement to The Hill.
The news that Giuliani would not join the defense team was first reported by ABC News. The New York Times also reported on Monday that Giuliani would not be involved in the president’s defense, citing a person close to Trump.
Giuliani previously told ABC that he was working on Trump’s impeachment defense prior to meeting with the president at the White House over the weekend. The former New York City mayor led Trump’s futile legal effort to overturn the election results late last year.
No announcements have been made on who will represent the president at the trial. Giuliani told The Hill earlier this month he would be willing to represent Trump at a Senate trial, as did Alan Dershowitz, the controversial celebrity attorney who was among those representing Trump at his first impeachment trial.
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