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Rudy Giuliani informed a federal court in Manhattan dealing with bankruptcy cases that the presidential campaign of Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee have a debt of approximately $2 million to him. This is for a baseless legal dispute aimed at overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The ex-president’s previous lawyer gave testimony for the initial time on Wednesday regarding his troubled financial situation, following his recent bankruptcy filing due to a $148 million defamation ruling for spreading false information during the election.
He informed the court that he would not have gone bankrupt until then.
arguing that Mr Trump has been unfairly targeted and that his legal team should not be penalized for representing him
However, Mr. Giuliani has refused to take responsibility for the unpaid legal fees of the former president, stating that Mr. Trump is facing unjust treatment and that his legal team should not face consequences for representing him.
In November 2020, Mr. Trump requested that Mr. Giuliani take control of his campaign’s legal team, while his lawyers, who were supportive of Trump, made an unsuccessful attempt to overturn the election results in states where he was defeated.
He stated that he received numerous complaints about election fraud and requested me to head the efforts.
He claimed that his expenses were covered, but he never received a salary.
“After assuming control, I had expected to receive payment from the campaign for both my legal services and reimbursed expenses,” he explained. “However, when we submitted the invoice for payment, they only covered the expenses. Most, but not all, were paid and the legal fees were never compensated.”
He stated that he has not computed the amount he feels he is owed, but it is estimated to be $2 million.
Last year, a jury determined that Mr. Giuliani made false claims about Ruby Freeman and her daughter Shaye Moss, saying they brought a suitcase filled with fake ballots to a vote-counting center. He also alleged that they used a flash drive to manipulate the results in order to secure Joe Biden’s win.
The jury determined that Mr. Giuliani is responsible for paying Ms. Freeman $16.2 million and Ms. Moss $16.99 million in compensatory damages. In addition, he must pay an extra $20 million to each for causing intentional emotional harm, and an additional $75 million in punitive damages.
The three-hour hearing in New York City on Wednesday thoroughly examined numerous financial documents, such as his possessions, earnings, debts, and legal responsibilities, which include ongoing legal cases regarding slander and other accusations that could result in additional financial setbacks for the ex-mayor.
According to financial reports, one of his outstanding debts includes nearly $40,000 in fees for being a member of a golf club, with $647 owed specifically to Trump International Golf Club.
After the court hearing, Mr Giuliani spoke to reporters and stated that he has no secrets to conceal.
The Independent has reached out for a statement from the campaign of Mr Trump.