Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani has been approaching defense attorneys for possible representation, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

(CNN) -- Rudy Giuliani has been approaching defense attorneys for possible representation, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

The move by Giuliani, who is President Donald Trump's personal attorney, is notable because last week he said he would not be seeking a new lawyer unless he felt one was needed. His previous lawyer, John Sale, was helping him deal with congressional inquiries.

"If they take me to court I would then have to get another lawyer," Giuliani told CNN's Mike Warren on October 15.

Earlier on Wednesday, Giuliani said he had not heard from the FBI, US attorneys for the Southern District of New York or any other lawyer pertaining to the Ukraine matter.

He would not directly comment this morning to CNN about whether he has hired or is in the process of hiring a criminal attorney.

Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating Giuliani's business dealings in Ukraine in addition to a counterintelligence probe, CNN has previously reported. Two associates of the former New York mayor were charged on campaign finance-related offenses and pleaded not guilty in a court appearance today.

As CNN previously reported, people close to Giuliani have been advising him to hire a criminal lawyer as questions linger about his connections to two of his associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Furman.

Giuliani had been resisting that advice, according to those people.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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