This week, President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani announced he had finally found legal representation.
His allies had been urging him for months to get his own lawyer as Giuliani dug himself deeper and deeper into the impeachment inquiry.
Giuliani announced: “I am represented and assisted by Robert Costello and the Pierce Bainbridge firm, in particular, Eric Creizman and Melissa Madrigal.”
Who are these guys? This Politico reporter points out on Twitter:
WHOA. Costello is the lawyer who emailed Michael Cohen saying, “Sleep well tonight, you have friends in high places.” He’s now representing Giuliani.
Why this matters
In February, during congressional testimony, Trump’s previous lawyer Michael Cohen produced two emails sent in April 2018, in which Robert Costello wrote: “Sleep well tonight, you have friends in high places.”
When quizzed about it, Costello initially claimed he was quoting the Garth Brooks song “Friends in Low Places.” He eventually conceded he was talking about President Trump.
“I have absolutely no concern about any of this because it was simply a reference to the president of the United States being the ‘friend in high places’ — nothing more,” Costello later told Courthouse News.
In March, the New York Times reported, “Now federal prosecutors have requested the emails and documents from Mr. Costello, according to a copy of the request, which cited an investigation into ‘possible violations of federal criminal law’ but offered no further detail.”
Cohen eventually ended up testifying against President Trump.
So now that the President’s lawyer has a lawyer … how long before that lawyer also needs a lawyer?