Trump Appears to Be Trying to Distance Himself From Giuliani
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Dec 01, 2019,
Dec 01, 2019, 0:54
"A USA ambassador was recalled so that Rudy Giuliani could get a client - even if there weren't signed contracts here, Rudy Giuliani was doing business development by showing Lutsenko how far he could work on behalf of his client", national security analyst Samantha Vinograd said during an appearance on CNN Wednesday.
President Trump's personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, negotiated earlier this year to represent Ukraine's top prosecutor for at least $200,000 during the same months that Giuliani was working with the prosecutor to dig up dirt on vice president Joe Biden, according to people familiar with the discussions. "I told him, 'Ten thousand comedians are out of work, and you make a joke". "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". In the interview, he called him "a warrior".
Numerous reports have suggested that Republicans - and even the president - could turn on Giuliani in a bid to protect Trump by framing him as a rogue actor in his Ukraine dealings. "I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General". Mr Trump repeatedly told diplomats to talk to Mr Giuliani regarding Ukraine. The businessman was reportedly fighting bribery and money laundering charges while Giuliani was seeking cooperation with Ukrainians on the Biden probe.
During an appearance on Fox this past week, Giuliani rejected the notion that the President would throw him under the bus: "I have insurance", he said mysteriously. He described him as a "great crime fighter" and "a great guy."By Tuesday, his message had shifted". "Rudy very much knows what's happening and he is a very capable guy", he said.
"I know he was going to go to Ukraine, and I think he canceled a trip", Trump said. He added that Giuliani "possibly saw something".
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"My understanding was that the president directed Mr. Giuliani's participation and that Mr. Giuliani was expressing the concerns of the president", Sondland testified. (The House impeachment inquiry has established that Giuliani worked closely with Lutsenko to try to advance an investigation into the Bidens as well as the 2016 election).
But the documents indicate that while he was pushing Trump's agenda with Ukrainian officials eager for support from the United States, Giuliani also explored financial agreements with members of the same government.
Giuliani said in a tweet last month: "The investigation I conducted concerning 2016 Ukrainian collusion and corruption, was done exclusively as a defense attorney to defend my client against false charges, that kept changing as one after another were disproven". Parnas and Fruman have pleaded not guilty. In the July 25 phonecall with Ukraine's president Zelensky that sparked the impeachment investigation, Trump asked Zelensky to speak with Giuliani. They came to the US and gave it to me. Democrats claim he withheld the aid in order to pressure Ukraine to investigate the son of his potential 2020 rival, Joe Biden. There will not be this form of thing as a evidence of wrongdoing by both Biden in Ukraine.
A CNN poll released Tuesday shows that half of Americans say Trump should be impeached and removed from office while 43% say he should not.