Giuliani leaves Manhattan law firm weeks after joining Trump's legal team

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But in a statement Thursday, the former mayor says he intends to permanently resign from the firm.

The former mayor of New York City was already on temporary leave from the Greenberg Traurig firm when he joined President Donald Trump's lawyers for matters related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe last month, but in a statement Thursday he said the move would be permanent.

The ex-mayor took a leave of absence in April from the firm, Greenberg Traurig, to defend Trump in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe and other controversies, including the $130,000 payoff to porn star Stormy Daniels.

"I have had a wonderful experience at the firm and I wish the firm and its Executive Chairman, Richard Rosenbaum, all the very best, now and in the future". "Republicans for the Rule of Law" Targets Rudy Giuliani's Shifting Stance The ad "Rudy vs. Rudy" begins with a 1998 clip of Giuliani being asked by Charlie Rose if then-President Bill Clinton would have to comply subpoenaed by Independent Prosecutor Ken Starr, and responding, "You gotta do it". Cohen has acknowledged paying Daniels weeks before the 2016 presidential election.

"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 in the statement.

Daniels is suing to void a nondisclosure agreement barring her from speaking publicly about an alleged affair she had with Trump.

Shortly after coming aboard for Trump, he made headlines with comments over the Stormy Daniels matter.

But Giuliani later blew that story out of the water when he said that Trump had reimbursed his fixer.