Rudy Giuliani is making cuts to his team as he continues to battle legal woes in the face of rising costs.
President Trump‘s former lawyer laid off some staffers and independent contractors in recent weeks as the ex-NYC mayor looks to reduce expenses.
Politico reports that Giuliani does have a part-time driver now in Eric Ryan, who is the son of Giuliani’s rumored girlfriend Maria Ryan.
Giuliani stepped out on Saturday in Manhattan with Ryan – his rumored 56-year-old girlfriend and former alleged mistress.
Giuliani, who was wearing a face mask, was seen arriving at a cafe close to his apartment on the Upper East Side where he was met by Ryan.
Ryan, who stepped down as CEO of a New Hampshire hospital in December, has reportedly been dating Trump’s personal lawyer since 2018.
Rudy Giuliani (right) is cutting down the size of his entourage as his legal woes mount
Giuliani, who was wearing a face mask, was seen arriving at a cafe close to his apartment on the Upper East Side where he was met by Ryan
His part-time driver, Eric Ryan, is the son of Giuliani’s rumored girlfriend, Maria Ryan (pictured)
Giuliani has previously denied allegations he had an affair with Ryan while still married to his third wife, Judy Giuliani.
Ryan was named as Giuliani’s alleged mistress in court documents filed back in 2018 amid his divorce from Judy.
Giuliani denied there was proof of an affair despite being spotted spending the night together at an upstate New York hotel.
Giuliani referred to Ryan as an ‘associate’ earlier this year when he admitted to billing Trump $20,000 per day to dispute the election results – despite previously denying demanding money for his legal services.
Giuliani spearheaded Trump’s effort to overturn election results in swing states, but he was never paid for his work
Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home was the subject of a raid in New York last week
He told the New York Times in January that his associate – who he named as Maria Ryan – had sent an email to at least three Trump campaign officials in November demanding payment.
Rudy Giuliani’s divorce from Judy has proven in the past to be a major drain on his bank account.
In 2019, the Washington Post reported that he pays $42,000 in alimony to Judy each month.
The filings showed Giuliani earned $7.9 million in 2016, $9.5 million in 2017 and $6.8 million in 2018.
The FBI executed a search warrant at Giuliani’s apartment in Manhattan on April 28
Giuliani is under investigation for allegedly violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act
Giuliani’s advisers are pushing the former president’s aides to dip into his $250 million election defense fund to pay his ex-lawyer, who is now under federal investigation.
Giuliani is under investigation for allegedly violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Last week, his home and office were raided in Manhattan and his electronic equipment were seized as part of the investigation into whether the 76-year-old acted as an unregistered federal agent and lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs.
The investigation was prompted by a case against two Soviet-born men who assisted Giuliani in attempts to dig up incriminating information in Ukraine against Hunter Biden, who was on the board of an energy company there.
Giuliani is under investigation about whether the 76-year-old acted as an unregistered federal agent and lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs
During the late stages of campaigning in the 2020 election, photos that showed Hunter Biden with drug paraphernalia, along with documents and emails, were released to The New York Post by Giuliani.
The authenticity of the information and how Giuliani came to obtain it were immediately called into question; he claimed the media has been targeting him since.
Giuliani is also being sued by voting machine companies Dominion and Smartmatic over false claims he made about the devices flipping votes from Trump to Joe Biden.
The Times reported that while Giuliani spearheaded Trump’s effort to overturn election results in swing states, he was never paid for his work.
The paper previously reported that Trump balked at the $20,000-a-day fee an assistant to Giuliani asked the ex-mayor be paid for election-related efforts.
Trump did, however, reimburse Giuliani for more than $200,000 in expenses, the story said.
Giuliani’s son Andrew, who worked for the Trump White House, told ABC News he believed his dad should be compensated.
‘I think all those Americans that donated after November 3, they were donating for the legal defense fund. My father ran the legal team at that point. So I think it’s very easy to make a very strong case for the fact that he and all the lawyers that worked on there should be indemnified,’ Andrew Giuliani said.
‘I would find it highly irregular if the president’s lead counsel did not get indemnified,’ he added.