Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani joins Trump's legal team

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Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a combative former prosecutor and longtime ally of President Donald Trump, told The Washington Post on Thursday that he has joined the president's legal team dealing with the ongoing special counsel probe.

"He knows Bob Mueller, he's very fond of the president, and I think this is a great thing for the president and more so the country - and I think that's one of the reasons Rudy's doing this", Kerik said.

In bringing on Giuliani, a former USA attorney for the Southern District of NY, the President adds a high-profile name, trusted confidant and dogged defender in an investigation that Trump has denounced as a "witch hunt".

Trump said in a statement that Giuliani "wants to get this matter quickly resolved".

Giuliani is a former US Attorney who helped the American government bring down the Italian mob in the 80s and served as New York City's mayor when Mueller was the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

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The lead attorney on Trump's team dealing with the Russian Federation probe, John Dowd, resigned on March 22.

Giuliani - who will take a leave from his law firm, Greenberg Traurig, and is in the midst of a divorce from his third wife - said he would spend a "great deal of time" in Washington working with Trump but would continue to live in NY.

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Giuliani will be taking a leave of absence effective Thursday from Greenberg Traurig, the law firm where he now works, "for an unspecified period of time to handle matters unrelated to the law firm or its clients", said Richard A. Rosenbaum, the firm's executive chairman.

"They've been saying I'm going to get rid of them for the last three months, four months, five months", Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump has also tried to undermine the investigation by attacking former FBI officials.

Former federal prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg said Giuliani could benefit Trump more on the public relations front, rather than on the nuances of the legal fight. They're nearly there. "I'm going to ask Mueller, 'What do you need to wrap it up?'" he said.

"I don't know what the result of that was", Comey said.

Giuliani, a Republican and ardent supporter of the president, reportedly traveled to Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Fla. last week to finalize the deal, the AP reported.

It's not clear where the Mueller investigation will ultimately lead, but the Raskins' experience in financial crimes could prove useful, Zeldin said.

Jane Serene Raskin and Martin Raskin did not immediately return a request for comment.