Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Giuliani urges Ukraine to investigate Democrats

Giuliani urges Ukraine to investigate Democrats

The other is the involvement of 2020 rival Joe Biden's son in a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch.

Within a year of the prosecutor's removal, Ukraine's new prosecutor general dismissed the case against the company, Burisma Holdings, a natural gas company controlled by one of Ukraine's top oligarchs.

"We're not meddling in an election, we're meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do", Mr. Giuliani said in an interview with The New York Times. "And if I wanted to meddle in that election-which I don't-I could have held this for a year and dropped it right before the convention", Giuliani said.

Giuliani said that his decisions had nothing to do with the upcoming 2020 US presidential election. Their motivation is to try to discredit the special counsel's investigation; undermine the case against Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump's imprisoned former campaign chairman; and potentially to damage Mr. Biden, the early front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

But lawyer Rudy Giuliani has scrapped plans to visit Ukraine, citing concerns about who he would be dealing with there.

Mr. Giuliani's planned trip, which has not been previously reported, is part of a monthslong effort by the former NY mayor and a small group of Trump allies working to build interest in the Ukrainian inquiries.

And by pushing a circumstantial but incomplete story - first through a May 1 article in the New York Times, then in his revelation of his now-aborted trip to Ukraine a week later - Giuliani had succeeded in keeping the topic alive.

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One hallmark of Giuliani's work for Trump is his shifting explanations, which can make following his story hard.

A spokesperson for Biden told The New York Times, and later ABC News, that Biden's push to remove the prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, was made "without any regard for how it would or would not impact any business interests of his son, a private citizen" and was all part of a broadly-supported USA effort "to root out corruption in Ukraine". Mr. Trump has no longer too long within the past urged he would esteem Legal legit Current William P. Barr to gaze into the fabric gathered by the Ukrainian prosecutors. Trump did not elaborate in the portion of the interview published by Politico.

FILE - In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks in Washington.

But there's plenty to suggest Giuliani was more interested in raising the potential issue of Biden's wrongdoing than providing evidence for it.

"I will speak to him about it before he leaves".

"I think that was a mistake, yes".

In regard to China, Gates said the real problem is the "structural imbalance" in the way the two countries work with each other, and he commended the Trump administration for trying to take on the issue. He declined to converse namely whether he had briefed him on the deliberate assembly with Mr. Zelensky, but added, "He usually is conscious of what I'm doing, definite, as his attorney". He said Trump is - and should - demand reciprocity in trade negotiations with China and accused them of "cheating" the worldwide community. "But once it was signed, I think it was a mistake to walk away from it".

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