Giuliani resigns from law firm amid legal work for 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", firm chairman Richard Rosenbaum told the Times.

The former New York City mayor joined the President's legal team last month, saying at the time he meant to work on bringing the special counsel investigation to a conclusion.

In a series of television and print interviews last week, Giuliani made waves when he revealed that the president repaid his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for a $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels as part of a nondisclosure deal barring her from discussing an alleged affair with Trump.

Giuliani backed up Rosenbaum's statement and said the resignation affords him the time concentrate on representing Trump "on this critically important matter for our country".

Rudy Giuliani speaks at the Conference on Iran in Washington, D.C., on May 5, 2018.

In a statement Thursday, Giuliani said the move would be permanent.

But the firm said Thursday that he had quit the day before, the New York Times reported.

Giuliani also said it will be impossible to prepare Trump for an interview before the Kim summit, so any interview would be after that.

Current and former members of Trump's personal legal team reportedly struggled with the idea of the president agreeing to an interview that supporters of the president have suggested would be a "perjury trap".

Later, both Trump and Giuliani began to alter their stories about Cohen and Daniels and who knew about the payment and when.

However, senior White House officials argue that the president approves of his renegade style and has no plans to shuffle his legal team in the coming days.

"That was money that was paid by his lawyer, the way I would do, out of his law firm funds", he said on Fox News.

"Several things delayed us, with the primary one being the whole situation with North Korea", Giuliani said.

  • Rogelio Becker