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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

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

  'A very honest person': Trump defends Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine 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. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.“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.

Earlier: Trump Impeachment Defense Erodes as Envoys Detail Giuliani Role. Gordon Sondland, Trump ’ s ambassador to the European Union, described 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

Trump added Giuliani in April 2018 to his legal defense team against the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election to undermine Trump ' s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. Giuliani quickly went on a media blitz in defense of Trump .

(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.

Embattled Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovich Was Advised to Tweet Praise of Donald Trump

  Embattled Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovich Was Advised to Tweet Praise of Donald Trump Facing a concerted campaign from Rudy Giuliani and his allies to oust her, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich struggled in vain to get cover from U.S. diplomats, including her boss: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. At one point, according to a transcript of her Oct. 11 deposition in front of congressional impeachment investigators, she was told that sending a flattering tweet about President Donald Trump could save her job. BeforeBefore she was recalled from her post in Kyiv in May, Yovanovich was targeted by Giuliani and his associates because she was viewed as an obstacle to their efforts to get the new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to open an investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings and any rol

Giuliani tweeted that he was working ' solely ' for Donald Trump in his Ukraine investigations and that the 'false charges' against him kept changing. Giuliani has said the two foreign-born businessmen who were arrested, Ukraine -born Lev Parnas and Belarus-born Igor Fruman, assisted him in this effort .

Rudy Giuliani confirmed in a series of tweets that he was working on Ukraine issues only on behalf of President Donald Trump . Giuliani seems to be flailing in trying to explain away his involvement in another international scandal involving the president begging another country to help him win an

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.

George Conway Says Giuliani's Tweet Alone Proves Trump 'Committed an Impeachable Offense' As Giuliani Lawyers Up

  George Conway Says Giuliani's Tweet Alone Proves Trump 'Committed an Impeachable Offense' As Giuliani Lawyers Up Giuliani's tweet "establishes that Trump was not acting for the country," Conway said.In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Giuliani confirmed he conducted an investigation "concerning 2016 Ukrainian collusion and corruption" and revealed that he hired his own personal counsel as he faces increased backlash amid the impeachment inquiry.

Sondland says Giuliani pressure ‘kept getting more insidious’. They add to indications that Giuliani was working at Trump ’ s direction to leverage the new Ukraine president’s desire for an Oval Office meeting Worse for Trump , Sondland submitted revised testimony Monday acknowledging he came

In shift, Giuliani announces new legal team but says his Ukraine work was intended only to help Trump . Rudy Giuliani , an attorney for President Donald Trump , has hired a legal team amid the impeachment inquiry.

“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.”

Giuliani Associates Urged Ukraine's Prior President to Open Biden Probe

  Giuliani Associates Urged Ukraine's Prior President to Open Biden Probe Months before President Trump pressed Ukraine’s newly installed president to investigate Joe Biden’s son and alleged 2016 U.S. election interference, two associates of Rudy Giuliani urged Ukraine’s prior president to announce similar probes in exchange for a state visit to Washington.A late February meeting in Kyiv between Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman and then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko took place at the offices of Ukrainian general prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko, the people said. It came soon after Messrs. Parnas and Fruman met with Mr. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, and Mr. Lutsenko in New York in late January and again in Warsaw in mid-February, Mr. Giuliani has said.

Rudy Giuliani , President Donald Trump ’ s personal attorney, announced Wednesday he’d obtained new legal representation as part of the House Giuliani ’s decision to hire new lawyers came even as he maintains he did nothing illegal in his efforts to pressure Ukrainian officials to open investigations

3 Mr. Trump said Attorney General William P. Barr would call the Ukrainian president about another investigation. Mr. Trump appears to be referencing an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory pushed by Rudolph W. Giuliani , the president’ s personal lawyer, that Ukraine had some involvement in the

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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Federal Prosecutors Probe Giuliani's Links to Ukrainian Energy Projects .
Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating whether Rudy Giuliani stood to personally profit from a Ukrainian natural-gas business pushed by two associates who also aided his efforts there to launch investigations that could benefit President Trump, people familiar with the matter said. © Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News Mr. Giuliani’s associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, pitched their new company, and plans for a Poland-to-Ukraine pipeline carrying U.S.

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