Politics 'Weird': Congress reacts to Giuliani's latest Ukrainian venture

22:15  08 december  2019
22:15  08 december  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

Giuliani Is in Kyiv, and Ukrainian Officials Are Steering Clear

  Giuliani Is in Kyiv, and Ukrainian Officials Are Steering Clear Rudy Giuliani, whose work in Ukraine is at the heart of U.S. impeachment proceedings, is back in the country -- and officials in Kyiv appear to be keeping their distance. © Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Rudy Giuliani People with knowledge of his trip say Giuliani flew into Kyiv from Budapest on Wednesday, the same day that U.S. hearings stemming from his shadow diplomacy in Ukraine kicked over to the House Judiciary Committee. Social media postings show him meeting with current and previous Ukrainian political figures as part of a cable news documentary series that’s critical of the impeachment inquiry.

Rudy Giuliani et al. posing for the camera: Ukrainian former diplomat Andrii Telizhenko and Rudolph Giuliani pose for a picture during a meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Dec. 5, 2019.© Courtesy of Andrii Telizhenko via Reuters Ukrainian former diplomat Andrii Telizhenko and Rudolph Giuliani pose for a picture during a meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Dec. 5, 2019.

One of President Donald Trump's staunchest allies said it was "weird" and "odd" that the president's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was back digging for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine.

However, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told ABC's "This Week" it was promising to hear that Trump said Giuliani wants to speak to Congress about his latest trip to Ukraine.

Echoing earlier remarks he made about it being "weird" that Giuliani was back in Ukraine, Gaetz said he believes Trump "urging Mayor Giuliani to provide that clarity to the Congress will be helpful in resolving what seems to be odd having him over there at this time."

Trump: Giuliani 'wants to go before Congress' about Ukraine trip

  Trump: Giuliani 'wants to go before Congress' about Ukraine trip Trump added that Giuliani will “make a report” of his findings to submit to Attorney General William Barr and Congress. “He has a lot of good information,” Trump said. “I have not spoken to him about that information yet.” © Alex Brandon/AP Photo President Donald Trump. Giuliani, who is reported to have traveled to Ukraine this week to continue his quest to dig up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, has come under fire during the impeachment hearings for carrying out a shadow diplomacy to aid Trump's re-election.

The Florida Republican's comments came after Trump told reporters Saturday that he believed Giuliani would deliver findings from his recent trip to Ukraine to Congress and Attorney General William Barr.

"Well, I just know he came back from someplace, and he's going to make a report, I think to the attorney general and to Congress," Trump said.

"He says he has a lot of good information. I have not spoken to him about that information. But Rudy, as you know, has been one of the great crime fighters of the last 50 years," he added. "And he did get back from Europe just recently, and I know — he has not told me what he found, but I think he wants to go before Congress and say — and also to the attorney general and the Department of Justice. I hear he's found plenty, yeah."

Trump Says Giuliani to File Report on Findings From Ukraine

  Trump Says Giuliani to File Report on Findings From Ukraine President Donald Trump said that his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, plans to prepare a report for the U.S. Justice Department and Congress about allegations of misconduct the former New York mayor says he uncovered during a recent trip to Ukraine. © Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images Rudy Giuliani GETTY Sub Trump said Giuliani, a central figure in the impeachment investigation into whether Trump pressured Ukraine into a politically-motivated investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, hadn’t briefed him on his findings.

In response to those comments, Giuliani told NBC News Saturday that he is "in process of still analyzing what I received."

Amid the impeachment inquiry into Trump, which was launched in response to him asking Ukraine to probe the Bidens and a debunked conspiracy involving that country and the 2016 election, Giuliani — who was at the forefront of efforts among the president and his allies to turn up information in Ukraine — returned to there recently to conduct interviews on the Bidens, and to try and undercut the impeachment probe.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., told "This Week" that Giuliani's actions are "an ongoing threat to the national security."

And on CNN's "State of the Union," Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., another top ally of the president, said Giuliani should present his information to Congress if "he is finding something that is inappropriate."

"I don't know of any role that Rudy Giuliani is playing on behalf of the president of the United States," Meadows said of the president's lawyer. "I think he's over there as a citizen. I think part of that is probably trying to clear his name."

"But he is the president's personal attorney," Meadows added. "But I don't know that he's over there at the president's direction. In fact, I would suggest that he's not."

Giuliani boasts, then backtracks on some details of engineering Ukrainian ambassador's ouster .
"She was going to make the investigations difficult for everybody," Giuliani told The New Yorker of the ousted U.S. ambassador to Ukraine."Yovanovitch needed to be removed for many reasons most critical she was denying visas to Ukrainians who wanted to come to US and explain Dem corruption in Ukraine," Giuliani said on Twitter, echoing claims he made to NBC News Tuesday. "She was OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE and that's not the only thing she was doing. She at minimum enabled Ukrainian collusion.

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