Warren knocks Giuliani over Ukraine trip: He 'should just back off'
Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOcasio-Cortez talks Warren, Sanders and possible endorsement Hillicon Valley: Facebook co-founder calls for breaking up company | Facebook pushes back | Experts study 2020 candidates to offset ‘deepfake’ threat | FCC votes to block China Mobile | Groups, lawmakers accuse Amazon of violating children’s privacy Experts are studying mannerisms of 2020 candidates to help offset threat of ‘deepfake’ videos MORE (D-Mass.) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Comey after CNN town hall: ‘He brought the FBI down’ White House says US, China trade talks to continue Friday Giuliani traveling to Ukraine to push for probes that could be ‘very helpful’ to Trump MORE‘s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Friday over the lawyer’s planned trip to Ukraine to promote investigations that he said will help Trump.
“It is highly unethical for the president’s personal lawyer to go meet with officials from a foreign government to see if they can influence, somehow, the upcoming presidential election,” Warren said of the reported trip.
“Rudy Giuliani should just back off,” she added.
Sen. Warren speaks in Kermit, WV: “It is highly unethical for the president’s personal lawyer to go meet with officials from foreign government to see if they can influence somehow the upcoming presidential election. We’ve had enough of that & Rudy Giuliani should just back off.” pic.twitter.com/z2ozUVB4pi
— The Hill (@thehill) May 10, 2019
Giuliani told The New York Times on Thursday that he intends to ask Ukraine’s president-elect to investigate the origin of the federal Russia probe, as well as former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenGiuliani traveling to Ukraine to push for probes that could be ‘very helpful’ to Trump Anita Hill: ‘Me Too’ could have started long ago if Biden-led panel had ‘done its job’ Ocasio-Cortez talks Warren, Sanders and possible endorsement MORE‘s past interactions with the country.
The Hill reported details of Biden’s relationship with Ukraine last month.
“We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do,” the former New York City mayor told the Times.
“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.”
According to the newspaper, Giuliani hopes to find information that will lessen the credibility of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, as well as the credibility of the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortGiuliani traveling to Ukraine to push for probes that could be ‘very helpful’ to Trump DC court disbars Manafort over criminal convictions Klobuchar pressures Barr, Mueller for more information on special counsel’s findings MORE. He also hopes to find information that will hurt Biden’s campaign.
Such investigations were previously launched by current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, but he lost a recent election to political newcomer Volodymyr Zelensky, who is set to enter office June 3.
Biden reportedly threatened to withhold $1 billion from Ukraine in U.S. loan guarantees in 2016 unless the country got rid of a prosecutor, who was later voted out. His son, Hunter Biden, also served on the board of a company that the prosecutor had been investigating, the Times reported.
The trip follows the conclusion of the Mueller probe, which reviewed whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller’s report did not establish that Trump’s campaign coordinated or conspired with Russia, but did detail extensive contacts between Trump associates and Russian figures.
Warren is among more than 20 Democrats competing for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination and her campaign has seen a bit of momentum in recent weeks.