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Timothy L. O'Brien

Barr and Giuliani’s Excellent Trump Adventure

The president’s two most prominent lawyers both have questions to answer about the Ukraine affair.



Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Donald Trump’s two most prominent lawyers — Rudy Giuliani, who serves him privately, and Attorney General William Barr, who serves the country publicly — are principal figures in the impeachment crisis engulfing the White House. Pugnacious career attorneys who have slipped in and out of private firms and public offices for decades, they both have been fiercely loyal advocates for the president.

Their advocacy is likely to come under heightened scrutiny by Congress, and possibly by law enforcement, if for no other reason than both men were mentioned by Trump in a declassified memorandum — made public on Wednesday — outlining the telephone call the president shared with Ukraine’s leader, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, on July 25.