Giuliani Says He Won’t Be Part of Trump Impeachment Defense Team

Giuliani Says He Won’t Be Part of Trump Impeachment Defense Team
Trump lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks to media while flanked by Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis (R) at a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, on Nov 19, 2020. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Sunday he won’t be part of the president’s impeachment defense team.

Giuliani said the reason is because he gave a speech at The Ellipse in Washington Jan. 6.

“I am a witness and therefore unable to participate in court or Senate chamber,” he told ABC News.

Trump was impeached last week over allegations he incited the storming of the U.S. Capitol. The beginnings of the breach were unfolding as he spoke about two miles away at The Ellipse, a park in downtown D.C.

Giuliani, who hasn’t responded to requests for comment, had claimed Friday that he was “involved” with preparing Trump’s defense.

But a campaign spokesman said Trump “has not yet made a determination as to which lawyer or law firm will represent him.”

The House Judiciary Committee announced last week it retained lawyers Barry Berke and Joshua Matz to support the impeachment efforts. Both took part in the last impeachment, which culminated with the Senate acquitting Trump.

Impeachments trigger a trial in the Senate. Members decide whether to acquit or convict on the charge or charges, in this case incitement of insurrection. A two-thirds vote is required to convict. The Senate will soon be 50-50, evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats.

Since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hasn’t transmitted the impeachment article to the Senate, a trial can’t start yet. The Senate is out of session but is reconvening on Jan. 19.

From The Epoch Times

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