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Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer of U.S. President Donald Trump, looks on during an appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee, in Lansing, Mich., on Dec. 2, 2020.JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, will not be taking part in the president’s defence in the Senate trial for his second impeachment, a person close to Trump said Monday.

Trump met with Giuliani on Saturday night at the White House, and the next day the president began telling people that Giuliani was not going to be part of the team. It is unclear who will be a defence lawyer for Trump, given that many attorneys have privately said they won’t represent him.

Giuliani himself at first said he was taking part in the trial and then a day later said he had no involvement.

He told ABC News on Sunday that he would not be part of the defence, noting that he is a potential witness since he gave a speech at the rally Jan. 6 of Trump supporters who went on to storm the Capitol complex, overtaking it for hours.

Yet a day earlier, Giuliani told ABC News that he would in fact be involved in the impeachment defence and left open the possibility of Trump showing up for the trial. That interview infuriated Trump advisers and was a bridge too far for the president himself, according to the person close to the president, who described personal conversations on condition of anonymity.

While the president has a decades-long relationship with Giuliani, Trump’s advisers blame him for the events surrounding both of the impeachments that the president has faced.

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