WASHINGTON— Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining President Donald Trump’s private legal team in hopes of bringing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe to a quick end.
“Rudy is great,” Trump said in a statement provided by Jay Sekulow, who is spearheading the legal response. “He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country.”
Giuliani, who was on the shortlist for a cabinet position after Trump’s election win, previously served as U.S. Attorney for Southern District of New York from 1983-1989 and Associate Attorney General under Ronald Reagan from 1981-1983.
He was tapped by Trump as a cybersecurity adviser early last year but has not been a prominent figure in Trump’s orbit.
Prior to the official announcement, Giuliani told The Washington Post that he was hoping to negotiate an end to Mueller’s investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
In addition to Giuliani, Sekulow said that Florida-based attorneys Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin also would be joining.