Nothing like workplace grievances being aired in the New York Times. Now that one Honorable Rudolph Giuliani has officially severed ties with his former employer, the reserved and understated Greenberg Traurig of New York City, his former colleagues are spreading water cooler talk about him to the most famous fish wrap of the metropolis.
Firm partners had chafed over Mr. Giuliani’s public comments about payments that another of Mr. Trump’s lawyers, Michael D. Cohen, made to secure the silence of a pornographic film actress who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump. The president has denied her allegations.
Mr. Giuliani suggested that such payments were common at his firm, even without the knowledge of the clients. “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. He added, “Michael would take care of things like this like I take care of this with my clients.”
The New York Times asked Greenberg Traurig about those remarks early this week. Shortly after Mr. Giuliani’s resignation was announced, the firm responded.
“We cannot speak for Mr. Giuliani with respect to what was intended by his remarks,” said a spokeswoman, Jill Perry. “Speaking for ourselves, we would not condone payments of the nature alleged to have been made or otherwise without the knowledge and direction of a client.”
Sure. But wait there’s more.
Lawyers at Greenberg Traurig are sensitive about their public image. …
Firm members bristled in 2016 when Mr. Giuliani played an aggressive, pit-bull-style surrogate role on Mr. Trump’s behalf during the presidential campaign. After Mr. Trump’s inauguration, when it became clear that Mr. Giuliani would not get the job he wanted — Secretary of State — he kept a relatively low profile at the request of his colleagues.
So THAT’s why Rudy all but disappeared after the election. Peer pressure.
Well, aside from airing dirty laundry about running cash through a third party to hide payments, which happens all the time in all sorts of places for all sorts of reasons, the lawyers of Greenberg Traurig no longer have to worry about Giuliani messing with their image.
They just outed themselves as being first class snobs.