Stiffer-in-chief: In typical fashion, Donald Trump cuts off Rudy Giuliani for asking to be paid for election fraud work, book says

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Donald Trump's family has cut off Rudy Giuliani, and the former president has been irked that the lawyer asked to be paid for his work challenging Trump's loss in the 2020 election, a new book says.

On Sunday, The Times of London published an excerpt from "Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency," the coming book on the Trump presidency from the author Michael Wolff.

In the extract, Wolff delves into Trump's post-presidential life at his Mar-a-Lago resort and describes Trump as frustrated by the lack of progress in his quest to overturn the 2020 election result.

Giuliani, a longtime ally and personal lawyer of the president, started leading the Trump campaign's efforts to overturn the election on November 4 but departed sometime in February after a series of setbacks.

Since then, reports have detailed how Giuliani and his allies have sought to get paid for the legal work, but to no avail, falling foul of the president in the process.

"Trump is annoyed that he tried to get paid for his election challenge work," Wolff wrote, per The Times.

The excerpt said Giuliani had "gotten only the cold shoulder" while seeking payment from Trump amid the prospect of expensive legal battles of his own.

Trump's family has "cast out, cut off" Giuliani, the excerpt said, without specifying which members of the clan.

Giuliani is the subject of a Justice Department investigation into whether he broke foreign lobbying laws while working as Trump's lawyer. Giuliani has not been charged with a crime.

According to Wolff, Trump has also taken to asking visitors to his Mar-a-Lago resort "if they know any good" lawyers to help him continue his plan to overturn the election via the US courts.

Representatives for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

The amount owed to Giuliani by Trump is not known, but at one point Maria Ryan, an aide and rumored girlfriend of Giuliani, told the Trump campaign that his rate for working on the election challenge was $20,000 a day, The New York Times reported.

In mid-January, both The Washington Post and The New York Times cited sources saying that Trump had instructed his aides not to pay Giuliani his legal fees following Trump's second impeachment.

The New York Times said at the time that White House officials also started blocking Giuliani's calls to Trump.

An excerpt from another book about Trump - "Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost" by the Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender - published by the Daily Mail indicates that Trump regularly insulted Giuliani while they worked together.

In one instance, Bender wrote, Trump mocked Giuliani for falling asleep in a meeting.

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