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Giuliani leaves law firm to focus on representing Trump in Mueller probe

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“In light of the pressing demands of the Mueller investigation, I believe it is in everyone’s best interest that I make it a permanent resignation,” Giuliani said in a statement. “This way, my sole concentration can be on this critically important matter for our country.”

The decision was first reported by The New York Times.

Giuliani told NBC News in a phone interview later Thursday that when he took on the role as the president’s lawyer, he initially thought it would be “part-time and quick,” but realized that “you can’t just jump in and jump out.” He called his departure from the firm “a mutual decision.”

Richard A. Rosenbaum, Greenberg Traurig’s executive chairman, confirmed the departure to NBC News, saying, “After recognizing that this work is all consuming and is lasting longer than initially anticipated, Rudy has determined it is best for him to resign from the firm.” The resignation became effective on Wednesday, the statement said.

Giuliani has caused a stir in a series of recent interviews, particularly one with Fox News’ Sean Hannity earlier this month in which he revealed that the president had reimbursed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels despite the president previously denying knowledge of the transaction.

Daniels has claimed to have had a sexual affair with Trump, something the White House and Cohen have denied, and that she was paid to keep quiet just days before the 2016 election. In February, Cohen had said he used his own money to pay Daniels, and that Trump had not reimbursed him.

Giuliani’s revelation raised eyebrows because neither Cohen’s original outlay to Daniels, nor Trump’s repayment were reported to the Federal Elections Commission as contributions to a campaign that could have benefited from the performer’s silence.

The lawyer attempted to clarify his remarks last week, insisting that Trump had only recently found out that he had reimbursed Cohen and saying the payment did not amount to a campaign finance violation because it “was made to resolve a personal and false allegation in order to protect the president’s family.”

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EU threatens to lock City of London out of bloc in outrage at Rishi Sunak's Brexit plans

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BRUSSELS has today warned against Britain’s plan to use Brexit to regulate the City of London.

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Trump asks nation to ‘pray’ for Biden administration, says MAGA movement ‘only just beginning’

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In his farewell address to the nation on Tuesday, President Donald Trump attempted to highlight his administration’s successes amid the backdrop of an impeachment trial for inciting an insurrection while also calling on Americans to “pray” for the new administration.

“This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous,” Trump said.

He added, “We did what we came here to do — and so much more,” referring to the administration’s conservative legislative achievements and record-setting judicial appointments.

“Above all, we have reasserted the sacred idea that in America, the government answers to the people.”

The speech marks a shift for a president whose bombastic rhetoric and unconventional approach to the office created numerous maelstroms in Washington and made him the second president in U.S. history to be impeached.

Also, Trump again condemned the Capitol riot after he was universally condemned — and later impeached — for inciting the riot.

“All Americans were horrified by the assault on our Capitol. Political violence is an attack on everything we cherish as Americans,” he said. “It can never be tolerated.”

As Trump faces a second impeachment trial in the Senate, where a conviction could bar him from holding public office in the future, he said in his speech his “Make America Great Again” movement is “only just beginning.”

“Now, as I prepare to hand power over to a new administration at Noon on Wednesday, I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning,” he said.

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Labour challenged to join Tories in fight against Sturgeon's 'shameless' independence push

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SCOTTISH Tory leader Douglas Ross has called on the next leader of Scottish Labour to join him in fighting the SNP’s drive for independence.

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