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Rudy Giuliani Among 3 New Lawyers Joining Trump's Legal Team

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz applauded former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani joining President Donald Trump's personal legal team.

The former NY mayor told The Washington Post on Thursday that he hopes to "negotiate an end" to the investigation into Russian interference in the election "for the good of the country". "He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country, '" Sekulow, said according to Newsday.

Of interest, at one time Giuliani ran the Southern District of NY U.S. Attorney's office, which is the office that recently raided the office of Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

While the Raskins did not have a prior relationship with Trump, they met with the President recently at Mar-a-Lago, two sources said.

Giuliani, a longtime friend of Trump's who logged long hours as a television surrogate during the campaign in 2016, was widely thought to be an inside-track candidate for an important Cabinet position in the administration a year ago, but didn't get what he wanted and so stayed on the outside.

Trump is known to be a hard client who does not listen to his attorneys' advice, according to lawyers who are familiar with his conduct.

Giuliani's addition to the Trump legal team puts a renewed spotlight on his past legal and consulting work.

"Mr Giuliani is taking a leave of absence, effective today, for an unspecified period of time to handle matters unrelated to the law firm or its clients", said Richard Rosenbaum, executive chairman of Greenberg Traurig, in a statement.

Still, Giuliani knows Mueller from prior work at the Justice Department as well as Mueller's tenure as Federal Bureau of Investigation director while Giuliani was New York's mayor.

Now Giuliani, the Raskins and Sekulow will serve as the President's outside counsel, while Ty Cobb will continue to serve as the White House special counsel.

Former federal prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg said Giuliani could benefit Trump more on the public relations front, rather than on the nuances of the legal fight. "I don't know yet what's outstanding", he said.

The former presidential candidate told CNN his role will be "limited", adding that his focus will be on giving the Russian Federation collusion probe the "little push" it needs to come to a conclusion.

Barbara McQuade, a former US attorney from eastern MI in the Obama administration, said Giuliani had "the experience and knowledge to advise the president in a federal criminal investigation".

Giuliani has been an avid supporter of Trump whom he has known for decades. Trump has been mulling it for weeks, moving away from the idea after the home, offices and hotel room of Cohen were raided this month.

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