President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani quit, a headline would have readers believe, but the headline isn’t clear about which job Giuliani actually quit.
"Official: Rudy Giuliani officially resigns, Trump’s legal team on it's last leg," said a May 12 headline on The Political Voice, a website that includes many articles critical of Trump.
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Giuliani, Trump’s attorney, has been in the news since he spoke to Fox News’ Sean Hannity on May 2 about money paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Giuliani said that Trump had repaid Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen to silence Daniels who alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006.
While the clickbait headline by The Political Voice could create the impression that Giuliani resigned from Trump’s legal team, that’s not the case. The story said that Giuliani resigned from his law firm, Greenberg Traurig.
Giuliani took an unpaid leave of absence from the firm’s New York office in April and then in May resigned to focus on his work as one of Trump’s personal lawyers on the Russia investigation.
Richard A. Rosenbaum, executive chairman of Greenberg Traurig, confirmed in statements to the media that Giuliani resigned.
"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," he said.
A headline said "Official: Rudy Giuliani officially resigns, Trump’s legal team on it's last leg." That headline creates the misleading and inaccurate impression that Giuliani quit Trump’s legal team. In reality, he quit the Greenberg Traurig law firm to devote more time to his work for Trump. We rate this claim False.
The Political Voice, "Official: Rudy Giuliani officially resigns, Trump’s legal team on it's last leg," May 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune, "Giuliani parts ways with law firm, citing 'pressing demands' of client Trump," May 10, 2018
Politico, "Trump attorney Giuliani resigns from private law firm," May 10, 2018
PolitiFact, "The timeline of Donald Trump’s explanations for the Stormy Daniels payment," May 3, 2018
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