(CNN) — President Donald Trump, irritated at being impeached a second time, has told his staff to stop paying Rudy Giuliani’s legal fees, a person familiar with the matter told CNN, though advisers were unclear. if the president’s instructions were serious given that, after the events of the day, he was attacking almost everyone, not just Giuliani.
Trump became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice on Wednesday, a week after a mob stormed the nation’s Capitol after a speech by the president that prompted his supporters to fight against the counting of electoral votes that would confirm the victory of president-elect Joe Biden. The insurrection left five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer, and forced the nation’s capital and state capitals across the country to prepare for possible acts of violence during Biden’s inauguration next week.
Trump has long been blaming his personal attorney and many others for the situation he is in now, although he has not accepted any responsibility in public or private, people familiar with his reaction told CNN. Giuliani is still expected to play a defense role in Trump’s impeachment, but has so far been left out of most talks.
Another source of Trump’s anger is House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who further enraged the president on Wednesday by claiming he is responsible for last week’s riots. The president was already upset with McCarthy after the California Republican left the option of censuring Trump on the table in a letter to his colleagues earlier this week.
Details about Giuliani’s legal fees were first reported by The Washington Post.
More isolated than ever
The president is now more isolated than ever. Several of his cabinet secretaries, those who have not resigned in protest, are avoiding him, their relationship with the vice president remains fractured, and several of his top officials are scheduled to leave their posts this week.
A White House aide told CNN that “everyone is mad at everyone” inside the White House and that the president is upset because he thinks people are not standing up for him enough.
“He’s in self-pity mode,” the source said, adding that Trump complained that he has been under siege for five years and sees this latest impeachment as a continuation of that.
But many people close to Trump see the current situation as different from his first impeachment trial, when he was accused of pressuring the Ukrainian government to investigate Biden and thereby trying to influence the presidential election.
“His actions got things this far, no one else,” said the White House adviser. And he added: “he instigated a mob to advance against the Capitol building to stop certification, he will not find many sympathetic Republicans.”
During the latest impeachment attempt, Trump’s allies inside and outside the White House publicly defended him. This time, no similar effort materialized, and the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives decided not to pressure their colleagues to stay on the same page. Instead, he allowed them to vote according to their conscience. Ten Republicans voted along with all Democrats to pass the single impeachment charge.
With Twitter, his favorite mode of communication, unavailable to him after Trump was ousted from the social network on Friday, another person close to the White House worried that the president might act more violently.
“He’s been barricaded in residence, that’s never a good thing. He is alone, there are not many people with whom to exchange ideas; Whenever that happens, he turns to his worst instincts, ”said that person. “Now that Twitter is not available, only God knows how to express yourself.”