Rudy Giuliani has resigned his partnership at Greenberg Traurig to concentrate on working for President Donald Trump full time, the law firm said May 10.
Citing the demands of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump’s 2016 campaign, Giuliani said that he believes it’s in “everyone’s best interest” that he resign permanently.
“This way, my sole concentration can be on this critically important matter for our country,” he said in a statement provided to Bloomberg Law by the firm.
The former New York mayor and former presidential candidate took temporary leave from Greenberg Traurig on April 19.
Richard Rosenbaum, the firm’s executive chairman, said Giuliani’s leave of absence was originally intended to be limited “for short period of time, to address specific matters for President Trump.”
“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, effective May 9th,” Rosenbaum said.
However, Giuliani’s departure may stem from tensions within the firm over his representation of the president. The New York Times reported that some firm partners “chafed” over his public comments in recent weeks.
Shortly after coming aboard for Trump, he made headlines with comments over the Stormy Daniels matter.
In a recent appearance on Fox News, Giuliani said that Michael Cohen had made a $130,000 payment to the adult film actress in order to secure her silence before the 2016 election. He said the money was “funneled through a law firm” and repaid by Trump.
“Michael would take care of things like this, like I take care of things for my clients,” Giuliani said.
A spokeswoman for Greenberg Traurig disavowed this in a statement to the New York Times after Giuliani’s resignation.
Giuliani joined Greenberg Traurig as a partner in 2016 after leaving Bracewell, where he was a named partner for 10 years.