Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining President Trump’s legal team as the president looks to end the potentially perilous inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Giuliani, once considered a candidate for attorney general in the Trump administration, brings a big name to the team as well as unrivaled loyalty — a quality the president prizes.
The addition of the combative Giuliani, who once served as chief federal prosecutor in Manhattan, was confirmed Thursday by lead Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow.
Two other new additions will join Giuliani on the legal team, CBS reported:
Sekulow said in a statement that the president welcomed the news, and quoted him, saying, “‘Rudy is great. He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country.'”
Sekulow added that he has worked with Giuliani for many years and the team welcomes his expertise. He also announced the addition of two other attorneys, Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin, both former federal prosecutors.
Giuliani’s grit and legal experience will prove valuable to the Trump legal team.
Ready for Liftoff
In addition to Trump ramping up his legal team, Congressman Jim Bridenstine was confirmed as Trump’s NASA Administrator by the United States Senate on Thursday.
Bridenstine released the following statement regarding his confirmation:
“It is an honor to be confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as NASA Administrator,” said Bridenstine. “I am humbled by this opportunity, and I once again thank President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for their confidence. I look forward to working with the outstanding team at NASA to achieve the President’s vision for American leadership in space.”
“I’m very pleased to welcome Jim Bridenstine to NASA,” said Lightfoot. “He joins our great agency at a time when we are poised to accomplish historic milestones across the full spectrum of our work. Jim now takes the reins of this agency and its talented and dedicated workforce. I’m looking forward to him building on our great momentum and sharing our many strengths to help us make the next giants leaps on behalf of humanity. I also want to express my heartfelt appreciation to the NASA team for all they accomplished during my time leading the agency.”
Bridenstine, a Congressman from Oklahoma, won the hearts and minds of grassroots conservatives across the country with his staunch opposition to the GOP Establishment in Congress.
Notably, he was one of the conservatives leading the charge against Boehner for speaker.
[VIDEO] Bridenstine: Why I’m Not Voting for Boehner
Bridenstine’s bio, per his Congressional website:
Congressman Jim Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.
Bridenstine began his Naval aviation career flying the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. It was there that he flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and gathered most of his 1,900 flight hours and 333 carrierarrested landings. While on active duty, he transitioned to the F-18 Hornet and flew at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN.
After leaving active duty, Bridenstine returned to Tulsa to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. Bridenstine’s background includes a triple major at Rice University, a MBA from Cornell University, 9 years active duty in the United States Navy, and business experience in real estate, ranching, aerospace, and defense contracting.
Bridenstine was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 2012 while flying missions in Central and South America in support of America’s war on drugs. Most recently he transitioned to the 137th Air Refueling Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, where he will fly with an MC-12 squadron stationed at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.