Christianné Allen, who has worked at Giuliani Communication LLC since December 2019, said in a statement Monday that she is “proud of the accomplishments we achieved” and touted her role in launching Giuliani’s podcast. Allen said she is leaving to join an unnamed “rising tech startup.”
Her exit comes as Giuliani faces a raft of legal problems, including a federal investigation into his foreign lobbying work, possible civil liability related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and, the suspension of his law licenses.
Allen will be replaced by Todd Shapiro of Shapiro Associates in New York, who has been working with Giuliani for the past six months.
“We are experts in crisis management. We have been doing this for over 25 years. The mayor is going to be fine,” Shapiro told CNN Monday, adding that he plans to use the 20th anniversary of 9/11 to remind people of the embattled former mayor’s role in helping the city in the wake of the terrorist attack.
“I am out there to get the positive and the wonderful things that Giuliani is doing today.”
Prosecutors are looking into whether Giuliani violated foreign lobbying laws by operating on behalf of Ukrainian officials when he sought the ouster of the then-US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, while urging Ukraine to investigate Trump’s 2020 political rival, then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and his son Hunter.
US law requires anyone lobbying on behalf of a foreign government or official to register, and failing to do so is a violation.
The company provides election equipment used by more than 40% of US voters. It has repeatedly denied all allegations of election fraud.
Giuliani has said Dominion’s lawsuit is meant to quiet him. When the suit was filed in January, he claimed it was “another act of intimidation by the hate-filled left-wing to wipe out and censor the exercise of free speech, as well as the ability of lawyers to defend their clients vigorously.”