- Maria Ryan wrote a letter to Trump demanding that Rudy Giuliani be pardoned, according to a new book.
- The letter was intercepted by another Giuliani ally, the book, which was obtained by the NYT, said.
- A lawyer for Giuliani, who has denied apologizing, said his client was unaware of the letter.
Rudy Giuliani’s aide tried to get former President Donald Trump to give the former New York mayor a “blanket pardon” and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, according to an upcoming book.
Maria Ryan wrote the letter to Trump in his final weeks as president and after the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, according to Andrew Kirtzman’s “Giuliani: The Tragic Rise and Fall of America’s Mayor.” An advance copy of the book, set for publication on September 13, was obtained by the New York Times.
In the letter, which is dated Jan. 10, Ryan asked the former president if he could pay Giuliani for time spent defending him during election challenge trials before seeking the award, the book says.
“Mr. Giuliani rarely claims anything for himself,” Ryan wrote in the letter, according to the New York Times reporting on the book. “He is begging you to give him this on Friday January 15th or Monday the 19th.” The letter then included Ryan’s request for a “blanket apology” to Giuliani.
Robert Costello, a lawyer for Giuliani, told the Times that the letter may not exist and said Giuliani “did not authorize or request” the letter.
“The mayor has been consistent that he never apologized and told President Trump that if he was offered a pardon, he would turn it down because he did nothing wrong,” Costello told the Times.
The letter never reached the President, according to the book, because Bernard B. Kerik, Giuliani’s adviser, intercepted it en route to Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff.
Giuliani’s lawyers recently revealed that he is a key person of interest in the Georgia criminal investigation into whether or not top Republicans tried to meddle in the 2020 election.
Giuliani has recently spent time defending the former president following an FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago home, during which dozens of classified documents were seized, according to court records.
Costello, Kerik and Ryan did not immediately respond to The Insider’s requests for comment.