The president also left open the possibility of forgiving himself, despite Mr. Cipollone’s concern and warnings from outside advisers that he would ignite investigators who are already pursuing him.
Mr. Trump has never been so isolated as this week. The White House is understaffed, according to people who went to work there on Wednesday. Those who went to work tried to avoid the Oval Office.
More and more staff have resigned and the White House attorneys office is not preparing to defend him in the Senate trial. His political adviser, Jason Miller, posted on Twitter a poll by one of the campaign’s pollsters, John McLaughlin, which aimed to show the president’s grip on the party, as House Republicans debated their votes .
Plans to move Mr. Trump to another online platform after his Twitter ban have been put on hold. One option was the Gab platform, which attracted extremists and followers of the QAnon plot. Mr Trump’s adviser Johnny McEntee favored the site, but Mr Kushner blocked the move, according to people familiar with the talks, which were reported earlier by Bloomberg News.
Mr. Giuliani is among those facing recriminations over his involvement in inciting the mob that attacked the Capitol. A group of former U.S. assistant lawyers who worked with him when he was a federal prosecutor in Manhattan expressed dismay on Wednesday with his pre-rally appearance.
In a letter, the group said Mr. Giuliani’s comments, in which he urged Trump supporters to engage in a “fight-trial” to stop the certification of election results, contributed to the loss of human lives and caused damage to the country.
“It was shocking and utterly disheartening to have seen one of our former colleagues engage in this behavior,” said the former prosecutors in the letter, which was signed by many of Giuliani’s colleagues, including Kenneth Feinberg, Ira Lee Sorkin, Elliot Sagor and Richard Ben. -Veniste.