Trump's current attorney Rudy Giuliani is reported to have argued to keep his job, but sources say that Trump told him, "Rudy, you're out. There's an election coming, and this is going to be war, and I need a war time consigliere.. And you're not that. You're a good attorney, Rudy, you're just not a war time one. And things are going to get rough. Besides, if I need more advice, who better to rely on than Bill Barr? You're out, Rudy. You're out."
In his work for the Corleone olive oil company, Hagen occasionally branched out into other areas and handled related legal business for friends of the Corleone family in the entertainment field, most notably negotiating movie contracts. With Trump's experience on television, this is an area that likely appealed to the former host of The Apprentice.
When asked how Trump was able to get Hagen to leave his Corleone clients and come work for the administration, White House spokesperson Stephanie Grishman would not elaborate on details, saying only that Trump and the Corleones had a long, close history together, but added that Trump generously "made him an offer he couldn't refuse."