Giuliani traveling to Ukraine to push for probes that could be 'very helpful' to Trump
President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcMaster accuses some in White House of being a ‘danger to the Constitution’ Trump predicts Dem investigation will drive him to 2020 win Trump hits O’Rourke: ‘Boy has he fallen like a rock’ MORE‘s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani says he plans to travel to Ukraine in the coming days in an attempt to push for investigations that he says could benefit the president.
Giuliani told The New York Times in a Thursday interview that he plans to ask the country’s president-elect to look into the origin of the federal Russia probe as well as former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenTrump predicts Dem investigation will drive him to 2020 win Trump hits O’Rourke: ‘Boy has he fallen like a rock’ Trump mocks Buttigieg: ‘He has a great chance’ MORE‘s past influence on the country. Giuliani’s comments to the Times come after The Hill relayed key details on the issue last month.
“We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do,” the Trump lawyer asserted.
“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.”
The Times reported that the meeting’s goal is to try to undermine the credibility of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s probe as well as the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortKlobuchar pressures Barr, Mueller for more information on special counsel’s findings White House orders McGahn to defy House subpoena Adam Sandler’s ‘Opera Man’ returns to ‘SNL’ to mock ‘I make-a the wall’ Trump MORE. Trump’s allies are also reportedly seeking information that could hurt Biden, who has led recent polls for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
Such inquiries were previously launched by the administration of current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who lost a recent reelection bid to political newcomer Volodymyr Zelensky. The new Ukrainian president will take office June 3.
Giuliani last week called for an investigation into Biden for his previous actions in Ukraine after a New York Times report on the former vice president’s dealings with the country.
In 2016, Biden reportedly threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees unless the country removed a top prosecutor, who was later voted out. Biden’s younger son, Hunter, was a board member of an energy company that the prosecutor had been looking into, according to the newspaper.
Giulani’s trip comes after Mueller earlier this year concluded his probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. Mueller did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with Russia, though detailed extensive contacts between Trump associates and Russian figures.
Democrats are pushing for an unredacted version of the Mueller report, over which Trump has exerted executive privilege. The House Judiciary Committee voted this week to hold Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump predicts Dem investigation will drive him to 2020 win Sanders: Trump ‘determined to engineer a constitutional crisis’ over Mueller report House Intel panel subpoenas Barr for full Mueller report, evidence MORE in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over Mueller’s unredacted report and the underlying evidence.