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Giuliani Associate Sought Pardon for Him After Jan. 6, Book Says


An associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Donald J. Trump’s personal lawyer, tried to pass a message to Mr. Trump asking him to grant Mr. Giuliani a “general pardon” and the Presidential Medal of Freedom just after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, in accordance with a recent book.

The associate, Maria Ryan, also pleaded for Mr. Giuliani to be paid for his services and sent a special note in search of tens of 1000’s of dollars for herself, in accordance with the book, “Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America’s Mayor,” by Andrew Kirtzman, who had covered Mr. Giuliani as a journalist. The Latest York Times obtained an advance copy of the book, which is ready to be released next month.

Bernard B. Kerik, Mr. Giuliani’s close adviser and the Latest York City police commissioner for a part of his time as mayor, stopped the letter from attending to Mr. Trump. And it’s unclear if Mr. Giuliani, who helped lead the efforts to overturn the 2020 election but has repeatedly insisted he didn’t seek a pardon shielding him from potential charges, was involved within the request.

However the letter adds one other layer to the complex picture now swirling around Mr. Giuliani as he faces legal fallout from his efforts to attempt to help Mr. Trump cling to power, including being notified that he’s a goal in not less than one investigation.

“Dear Mr. President,” Ms. Ryan wrote within the letter, dated Jan. 10, 2021, in accordance with the book, “I attempted to call you yesterday to speak about business. The honorable Rudy Giuliani has worked 24/7 on the voter fraud issues. He has led a team of lawyers, data analysts and investigators.”

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Pressuring Pence. Mr. Trump continued pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to go together with a plan to overturn his loss even after he was told it was illegal, in accordance with testimony laid out by the panel through the third hearing. The committee showed how Mr. Trump’s actions led his supporters to storm the Capitol, sending Mr. Pence fleeing for his life.

Ms. Ryan, who co-hosts a radio show with Mr. Giuliani, made clear within the note that he was facing financial troubles.

“He must be paid for his services,” Ms. Ryan wrote. She said she had given an invoice to Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, via Katherine Friess, a lawyer working with Mr. Kerik.

Ms. Ryan went on, “As you understand, he lost his job and income and more defending you through the Russia hoax investigation after which the impeachment pro bono.”

She then brought up the Presidential Medal of Freedom, saying: “Mr. Giuliani rarely asks for anything for himself. He’s praying you present him with this on Friday, January 15 or Monday the 19.”

The ultimate item in her letter was “general pardon.”

The letter was left with Ms. Friess, in accordance with the book. Mr. Kerik, appalled by the requests, then intercepted it, Mr. Kirtzman wrote. Mr. Kerik had been working with Mr. Giuliani on attempts at finding election fraud.

Ms. Ryan didn’t reply to an email in search of comment. A lawyer for Mr. Giuliani, Robert J. Costello, said in an email that Mr. Giuliani had not been aware of the messages from Ms. Ryan, “in the event that they exist.”

“The mayor didn’t authorize or request the notes,” Mr. Costello said. “The mayor has been consistent that he never asked for a pardon and told President Trump that if he was offered a pardon, he would decline it because he didn’t do anything unsuitable.”

Mr. Giuliani had previously been under investigation by federal prosecutors within the Southern District of Latest York, although that inquiry appears to be fizzling. But he has been informed that he’s a goal of an investigation by the Fulton County, Ga., district attorney, Fani T. Willis, for his role in attempting to subvert the election ends in Georgia. He spent hours on Wednesday taking questions before a grand jury in that investigation.

It’s unclear what charges Mr. Giuliani could potentially face. He made quite a few false claims about election fraud in Georgia state legislative hearings. He also joined in a plan to create slates of faux presidential electors for Mr. Trump in states won by Joseph R. Biden Jr., including Georgia, a scheme that the Justice Department is now investigating.

Mr. Kirtzman wrote in his book that Ms. Ryan had sent Mr. Meadows a bill for $2.5 million for Mr. Giuliani’s services and expenses. The Times has previously reported that Mr. Trump told aides that Mr. Giuliani was only to be “paid on the come,” a reference to a bet within the casino game craps, which translated to payment provided that he succeeded.

She also sought $45,000 for her own services, which she described as “working within the campaign pursuing truth and justice for the president,” in accordance with the book.

Ms. Ryan had previously sought money for Mr. Giuliani, sending an email to the Trump campaign in November 2020 because it was raising vast sums of cash from small-dollar donors on the premise of fighting the supposed fraud that Mr. Trump falsely claimed had been the explanation for his loss to Mr. Biden.

When The Times reported that request to be paid, Mr. Giuliani denied that it had been made. After The Times later reviewed a replica of the e-mail and asked him about it, he said he didn’t know Ms. Ryan had sent it.

The book by Mr. Kirtzman, who covered Mr. Giuliani during his mayoralty in Latest York City, describes the unraveling of a political figure who rose to national popularity of his response after the Sept. 11 attacks but sank right into a depression and, in accordance with Mr. Kirtzman, excessive drinking after a failed presidential campaign in 2008.

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