Giuliani is sad he is 'portrayed as some kind of money-grubbing ambulance chaser': report
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani taking a photo of the audience while on stage at a political event. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

The question over payments to Rudy Giuliani while he unsuccessfully pushed Donald Trump's conspiracy theories about election fraud continues to play out in the press.

On his radio show on Friday, the former New York City mayor reportedly claimed it was a "lie" that he requested $20,000 a day to represent Trump in court.

"Rudolph W. Giuliani, former President Donald J. Trump's personal lawyer, conceded on Friday night that an associate had sent an email to campaign officials asking that Mr. Giuliani be paid $20,000 a day for his work after the Nov. 3 election, but he insisted he was unaware of it at the time," the mayor told New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman on Friday night.

"I never had a single expectation of being paid a penny," Giuliani told the newspaper. "I feel extremely bad that I'm portrayed as some kind of money-grubbing ambulance chaser."

"I represented him out of my sense of commitment," he argued. "I didn't see anything about this that was going to lead to great wealth. I did see a lot about this that was going to lead to great torture."