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Politics Rudy Giuliani's pressure on Ukraine on behalf of former President Trump revealed in call recording on CNN

02:40  08 june  2021
02:40  08 june  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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( CNN ) Never-before-heard audio, obtained exclusively by CNN , shows how former President Donald Trump ' s longtime adviser Rudy Giuliani relentlessly pressured and coaxed the Ukrainian government in 2019 to investigate baseless conspiracies about then-candidate Joe Biden. The audio is of a July 2019 phone call between A partial transcript of the Giuliani -Yermak phone call was first published by BuzzFeed News in April, and Time Magazine was first to publish some key excerpts from the call in February. Over and over, Giuliani pressed for the investigations, according to the audio recording .

Rudy Giuliani ' s name is all over the White House transcript of the July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. He does not speak on behalf of the U.S. Government," read the August 23 statement. Giuliani tells CNN that he heard from the State Department in July and spoke with Yermak on the phone, eventually meeting with the Zelensky adviser in Madrid in August. He also says he reported back to the State Department about the nature of his conversation with Yermak.

WASHINGTON – Rudy Giuliani, former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, repeatedly pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate Democrat Joe Biden over a 40-minute phone call in 2019, according to an audio recording obtained by CNN.

During the call with U.S. diplomat Kurt Volker and Andriy Yermak, a senior adviser to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, Giuliani can be heard urging an investigation of Biden, who unseated Trump in the 2020 election.

Giuliani said a public announcement would “clear the air really well” and allow for a possible meeting between Zelensky and Trump.

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Rudy Giuliani claimed Tuesday to Fox News host Laura Ingraham that the State Department asked him to contact Ukraine on behalf of President Donald Trump , for whom he serves as a personal attorney. Giuliani appeared on Fox News roughly two hours after the Washington Post revealed that State The former mayor of New York then held up a cellphone, waved it around and claimed that his phone records would confirm that the State Department had directed him to contact Ukrainian officials. "Here' s why I was asked by the State Department — it' s all documented. They called me to facilitate a

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"And I think it would make it possible for me to come and make it possible, I think, for me to talk to the President (Trump) to see what I can do about making sure that whatever misunderstandings are put aside,” Giuliani said on the recording. “I kinda think that this could be a good thing for having a much better relationship."

Rudy Giuliani wearing a neck tie and a hat: Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington on Nov. 19, 2020. A law enforcement official tells the Associated Press that federal investigators have executed a search warrant at Rudy Giuliani's Manhattan residence. The former New York City mayor has been under investigation for several years over his business dealings in Ukraine. © Jacquelyn Martin, AP Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington on Nov. 19, 2020. A law enforcement official tells the Associated Press that federal investigators have executed a search warrant at Rudy Giuliani's Manhattan residence. The former New York City mayor has been under investigation for several years over his business dealings in Ukraine.

Congressional testimony during Trump’s first impeachment detailed how he sought the investigation into the Democratic rival who eventually beat him in the 2020 election. Trump sought an investigation of Biden and his son, Hunter, by withholding military aid from an ally while Ukraine was under siege from Russia.

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( CNN ) For months, investigators looking into Rudy Giuliani ' s business dealings in Ukraine have dug into everything from possible financial entanglements with alleged corrupt Ukrainian figures to counterintelligence concerns raised by some of those business ties, according to people briefed on the matter. The counterintelligence part of the investigation indicates that FBI and criminal prosecutors in Manhattan are looking at a broader set of issues related to Giuliani , President Donald Trump 's personal attorney, than has been previously reported. The counterintelligence probe hinges in part on

Washington ( CNN ) Indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, a central figure in the White House's alleged Ukraine pressure campaign, said President Donald Trump "knew exactly what was going on" despite his repeated denials of wrongdoing. Parnas asserted he was the one "on the ground" doing Trump and Giuliani ' s work, "and that's the secret that they're trying to keep." "Why would President Zelensky's inner circle, or Minister Avakov, or all these people, or President Poroshenko, meet with me?

"All we need from the President [Zelensky] is to say, 'I'm gonna put an honest prosecutor in charge, he's gonna investigate and dig up the evidence that presently exists and is there any other evidence about involvement of the 2016 election,' and then the Biden thing has to be run out," Giuliani said. "Somebody in Ukraine's gotta take that seriously."

The heart of Trump’s first impeachment was his own summarized call with Zelensky in July 2019, when he urged the Ukrainian president "to do us a favor" by investigating Biden and his son, Hunter, whose appointment to the board of a Ukraine energy company, Burisma, had been the subject of a corruption allegation.

No conspiracy was found and no charges were filed.

Trump has insisted his call was “perfect,” but House Democrats accused him of trying to wield the power of his office to investigate a political rival.

The House impeached Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. But the Senate acquitted Trump.

Giuliani call: Now we know how far Giuliani went for Trump

  Giuliani call: Now we know how far Giuliani went for Trump Listen to this audio, exclusively obtained by CNN, of Rudy Giuliani in July 2019 -- when he was still President Donald Trump's lawyer and henchman -- cajoling an aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation into Joe Biden. © Joshua Roberts/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Briefing Room of the White House on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC.

"I never met Rudy Giuliani -- never. And never had any phone calls with him," Zelensky said Tuesday at a news conference in Kiev. According to the White House transcript of the July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky, the Ukrainian President said he was aware of Giuliani ' s efforts to uncover information that would help Trump politically, and Trump encouraged Zelensky to The financial ties between Trump 's world and Parnas raise new questions about the nature of Parnas' relationship with Giuliani and who was paying the former New York mayor and Parnas for their research on Ukraine .

Rudolph W. Giuliani ’ s phone records show he was in touch with a variety of people who could help him execute a pressure campaign on Ukraine , like top administration officials and an associate now under indictment.Credit Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times. WASHINGTON — In the two days before President Trump forced out the American ambassador to Ukraine in April, his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani was on the phone with the White House more than a dozen times. Phone records cited in the impeachment report released Tuesday by the House Intelligence Committee illustrate the

The Giuliani recording reveals the extent of the pressure that he contributed as part of that campaign.

Giuliani is under criminal investigation for his role in the private diplomatic talks, where U.S. State Department officials were instructed to defer to him in dealings with Ukraine, according to congressional testimony. Two of his contacts, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, face unrelated campaign-related charges.

The FBI raided Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment in April and seized up to eight personal electronic devices.

Giulani has denied all wrongdoing.

Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, testified during the impeachment investigation that there was a “quid pro quo” that Ukraine would receive military aid in response for investigating Biden.

Trump said of Sondland: “I don’t know him very well.”

Sondland sued the Justice Department and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last month for $1.8 million for his legal fees during the investigation.

Revelations about the Giuliani call come as Biden prepares to meet June 16 with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

New audio of 2019 phone call reveals Giuliani pressured Ukraine

  New audio of 2019 phone call reveals Giuliani pressured Ukraine Audio of a July 2019 call by Rudy Giuliani sees him suggest to a Ukrainian official the country could have a 'better relationship' with U.S. if it investigated Joe Biden.On the call, Giuliani can be heard, along with US diplomat Kurt Volker, and Andriy Yermak, a senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, CNN said.

Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, said Monday that Biden invited Zelensky to the White House in July.

"I have come into this briefing room from the Oval Office where President Biden was on the phone with President Zelensky of Ukraine,” Sullivan said. "They had the opportunity to talk at some length about all of the issues in the U.S.-Ukraine relationship. And President Biden was able to tell President Zelensky that he will stand up firmly for Ukraine sovereignty, territorial integrity and its aspirations as we go forward."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rudy Giuliani's pressure on Ukraine on behalf of former President Trump revealed in call recording on CNN

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