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Politics Giuliani Says Ukraine Efforts ‘Solely’ for Trump’s Legal Defense

04:15  07 november  2019
04:15  07 november  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

‘The Giuliani problem’ and other takeaways from diplomats’ impeachment testimony

  ‘The Giuliani problem’ and other takeaways from diplomats’ impeachment testimony Kurt Volker knew by early July that he and other Trump administration officials had a problem. More precisely, he realized “there’s a Giuliani problem here.” That is what the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine told the House panels leading Democrats’ impeachment inquiry just weeks ago, referring to Rudolph Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney. The former U.S. attorney and New York City mayor is at the forefront of testimony that Volker and Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, gave the House committees.

Rudy Giuliani said his controversial work with Ukraine -- now at the center of the House impeachment probe -- was done “ solely as a defense attorney” for Lawmakers have been interviewing current and former administration officials in efforts to clarify the nature of Giuliani ’ s interactions with U. S . and

Rudy Giuliani said his controversial work with Ukraine -- now at the center of the House impeachment probe -- was done “ solely as a defense attorney” for President Donald Trump , undercutting the administration’ s claims that the former mayor was advancing U. S . foreign policy.

(Bloomberg) -- Rudy Giuliani said his controversial work with Ukraine -- now at the center of the House impeachment probe -- was done “solely as a defense attorney” for President Donald Trump, undercutting the administration’s claims that the former mayor was advancing U.S. foreign policy.

Rudy Giuliani wearing a suit and tie: President-Elect Donald Trump Holds News Conference In New York© Bloomberg President-Elect Donald Trump Holds News Conference In New York

Giuliani’s tweet on Wednesday offered one of his most direct statements thus far on the nature of his work in Kyiv that has come under scrutiny in the impeachment inquiry. Lawmakers have been interviewing current and former administration officials in efforts to clarify the nature of Giuliani’s interactions with U.S. and Ukrainian officials.

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  Behind the Deal That Put Giuliani Together With a Dirt-Hunting Partner It has been one of the enduring mysteries of the impeachment drama: Where did a cash-strapped Ukrainian-born American businessman get $500,000 to pay President Trump’s personal lawyer?It turns out that the money came from a Long Island lawyer named Charles Gucciardo, a Republican donor and supporter of Mr. Trump. The payment was part of a deal in which Mr. Gucciardo would become an investor in a company started by the businessman, Lev Parnas, according to Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Gucciardo’s lawyer and other people familiar with the arrangement.

President Donald Trump says he did not send his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine to pressure them to investigate the Bidens "No, I didn't direct him," Trump said in an interview on Tuesday, appearing to distance himself from his personal lawyer. Rudy Giuliani during a visit at the

Rudy Giuliani is STILL working on digging up dirt on Joe Biden with Ukraine officials, and he told reporters this week that Donald Trump is fully supporting

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in an Oct. 20 interview with ABC News disputed the notion that Giuliani had circumvented the State Department to conduct what Democrats have called a shadow foreign policy. “Private citizens often are part of executing American foreign policy,” Pompeo said.

And Giuliani had previously denied bypassing official diplomatic channels in dealing with the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

“Well, I wasn’t operating on my own,” Giuliani said in a Sept. 26 interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. “I went to meet Mr. Zelenskiy’s aide at the request of the State Department. Fifteen memos make that clear.”

But former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker said in House testimony that Giuliani’s assertions in media interviews that he was acting at the behest of the State Department were not true. Volker said he arranged a meeting between Giuliani and top Zelenskiy adviser Andriy Yermak, but that it was not at the administration’s direction.

Read George Kent Full Opening Statement at the First Public Hearing in Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry

  Read George Kent Full Opening Statement at the First Public Hearing in Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry The U.S. State Department official with decades of experience in Ukraine policy appeared Wednesday morning before the House Intelligence Committee. Both officials have expressed alarm in previous closed-door testimonies about Trump’s conduct with regards to Ukraine — highlighting allegations that he pressured President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rival, Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden, and used his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to subvert normal diplomatic channels in this pursuit.

The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday made public a trove of previously unreleased documents that dramatically raise the stakes of the impeachment proceedings against President Trump .

The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday made public a trove of previously unreleased documents that dramatically raise the stakes of the impeachment proceedings against President Trump .

“He was saying that we were directing him and that he was acting on the behest of the State Department to do things,” Volker said. “Well, it’s not the truth.”

Earlier: Trump Impeachment Defense Erodes as Envoys Detail Giuliani Role

Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, described Giuliani’s role in ambiguous terms, saying that he discussed with Pompeo that the former New York City mayor was simply “involved in affairs” related to Ukraine.

The secretary of State “rolled his eyes” and said it is something we have to deal with, according to Sondland.

But Sondland also tried to distance himself and his office from Giuliani.

“Let me be clear: Mr. Giuliani does not work for me or for my mission, and I do not know what official or unofficial role, if any, he has with the State Department,” he said in his opening statement. “To my knowledge, he is one of the president’s personal lawyers.”

New testimony ties Trump more directly to Ukraine pressure campaign

  New testimony ties Trump more directly to Ukraine pressure campaign The acting ambassador to Ukraine described a phone call in which the president checked on the status of “the investigations.”William B. Taylor Jr., the acting ambassador to Ukraine, told lawmakers that the phone conversation between the president and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland in Kyiv was overheard by one of his aides. Afterward, Sondland told the aide that Trump cared more about investigations of former vice president Joe Biden than other issues in Ukraine, Taylor said.

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The effort by President Trump to pressure the government of Ukraine to investigate former Vice According to the participant in the joint defense agreement discussions, Manafort was distressed at Giuliani ’ s constant touting of the Ukraine issue proved “reassuring” to Manafort, albeit to “a limited

Giuliani, who is under criminal investigation as part of work two of his associates did in Ukraine, also said Wednesday that he had hired three lawyers, including Robert Costello, who specializes in criminal litigation and municipal investigations.

Asked Oct. 25 whether he was concerned about the growing investigation into his personal lawyer, Trump said: “I don’t think so.”

“I think Rudy is a great gentleman. He’s been a great crime fighter. He looks for corruption wherever he goes. Everybody understands Ukraine has big problems in that regard,” Trump said.

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Impeachment Investigators Question Budget Official About Withheld Aid .
House impeachment investigators met for a rare weekend session to privately question a senior official from the White House budget office.Why precisely Mr. Trump withheld the congressionally allocated funding in mid-July as he pressed Ukraine for politically beneficial investigations and what his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, told the agency about the decision remain central unanswered questions in the inquiry.

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