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Politics 'A very honest person': Trump defends Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine

22:55  01 november  2019
22:55  01 november  2019 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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President Trump is defending personal attorney Rudy Giuliani as concern grows that the former New York mayor’s meddling in Ukraine is lending credibility to the Democratic impeachment effort.

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“I think Rudy is a corruption fighter. I think he viewed Ukraine as a very corrupt place,” Trump said Thursday during a wide-ranging Oval Office interview with Washington Examiner reporters and editors, just hours after the House voted to formalize impeachment proceedings.

“He was a terrific prosecutor,” Trump said. “He’s a real corruption fighter.”

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Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney during the Russia investigation, figures prominently in the impeachment process initiated by House Democrats after a government whistleblower alleged that Trump, in a telephone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, pressured Kyiv to investigate political rival Joe Biden in a quid pro quo for military aid. Democrats say the summary transcript of the conversation later released by the White House bolsters their case, but Trump and Republicans in Congress strenuously disagree.

Prior to Trump’s telephone call with Zelensky, Giuliani was working aggressively with Ukrainians to spark investigations into Biden, a potential Trump opponent, and his son Hunter inside the Eastern European country.

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Giuliani also sought to pin foreign interference in the 2016 election on Ukraine. Russia was the subject of a federal investigation into whether Trump colluded with Moscow in that campaign.

Meanwhile, Giuliani appears to have played an influential role in Trump’s decision to fire U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

This meddling by Giuliani, and his loose tongue with reporters, has many Republicans on edge.

Some say his actions and comments are undermining Trump’s assertion that he did not tie military aid to Ukraine to obtaining an agreement from Zelensky to investigate Biden. But Trump seemed unconcerned, signaling that he is comfortable with Giuliani’s actions and is not bothered by his eyebrow-raising media appearances.

“Rudy Giuliani was the best mayor in the history of New York,” the president said. “And, Rudy Giuliani was a great crime fighter. I also know Rudy is a very honest person, he’s a very honest person. And, he speaks his mind.”

Giuliani may have identified secret friend 'Charles' with accidental text .
Another accidental message sent to a reporter may have revealed the identity of Rudy Giuliani’s unknown friend “Charles.” © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.In late October, Giuliani, 75, butt-dialed an NBC reporter and left a three-minute voicemail in which he could be overheard talking to another man about a pending fraud case. Giuliani was overheard saying, "You know Charles would have a hard time with a fraud case 'cause he didn't do any due diligence.

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