Giuliani Is Seeking 2020 Support From Ukraine
President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is planning on traveling to Ukraine soon to encourage the incoming government to push forward with investigations that “will benefit” Trump.
Speaking to the New York Times Thursday, Giuliani said he plans to visit Kiev and meet with president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky to ask that Ukraine pursue investigations into two matters: the origin of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the involvement of Joe Biden’s son in an energy company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch.
“We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do,” Giuliani said.
“There’s nothing illegal about it,” he added. “Somebody could say it’s improper. And this isn’t foreign policy — I’m asking them to do an investigation that they’re doing already and that other people are telling them to stop. And I’m going to give them reasons why they shouldn’t stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government.”
Giuliani hopes to use the push to discredit Mueller’s investigation and potentially cause damage to Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden’s campaign.
Zelensky, 41, is set to take office on June 3. He is a former TV comedian who beat out the incumbent president in a runoff election. Giuliani has reached out for a meeting with Zelensky, but a get-together hasn’t yet been confirmed.
Should the two meet, Giuliani said he is going to tell Zelensky “what I know about the people that are surrounding him, and how important it is to do a full, complete, and fair investigation.”
Last week Giuliani called for Biden to be investigated for a trip he made in 2016 when he threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees if Ukraine did not dismiss Viktor Shokin, the country’s then-prosecutor general. Biden’s son, Hunter, stood to gain financially from having Shokin removed.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., tweeted about the news Thursday, writing: "Today, Giuliani admitted to seeking political help from a foreign power. Again. His defense: 'We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation ... Somebody could say it’s improper.' Yes. It is. Immoral, unethical, unpatriotic and, now, standard procedure."
Today, Giuliani admitted to seeking political help from a foreign power. Again.
“We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation ... Somebody could say it’s improper. “
Date Posted: Friday, May 10th, 2019 , Total Page Views: 431