Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer to President Trump and former mayor of New York, decided to heed advice he has received and cancel his plan to go to Ukraine. Giuliani announced earlier in the week that he was going to go to encourage president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky to move ahead with investigations involving Joe Biden’s son and probes related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian involvement in the United States’ 2016 presidential campaign.
On Fox News Friday night, Giuliani said that he would not be going, in order to avoid any political problems. “I will step back and just watch it unfold,” he said.
He indicated that at least two sources in the know told him he would be walking into a “setup” if he went to Ukraine.
“No trip because I believe I was walking into a bunch of people, one of whom already has found to be involved on this, and I think this was a setup,” said Giuliani.
“The whole thing, by the way, is a setup. From the very beginning. That is what you’re going to find. It goes back to at least January of 2016 when they decided that they should deal with Ukraine,” he continued. “You’re also going to find that some of the Steele dossier memorandum was written in Ukraine. After all, Steele didn’t go to Russia for nine years. How could he have written a memorandum about Russia if he hadn’t been there for nine years?”
The announced trip raised the hackles of Democrats who said it would be improper. Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy immediately sent a letter to Republican Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch Murphy calling for the panel to send a query to the White House for details about Giuliani’s efforts to persuade Ukrainian prosecutors not to abandon the investigations. The letter stated in part: “Rudolph Giuliani, the President’s personal lawyer, has apparently held meetings with Ukrainian officials in the United States and plans to travel to Ukraine for further discussions. As far as we know, none of these meetings are being coordinated with the U.S. State Department or other government agencies.”
“This isn’t foreign policy,” Giuliani told the New York Times on Thursday. “I’m asking them to do an investigation that they’re doing already and that other people are telling them to stop. And I’m going to give them reasons why they shouldn’t stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government.”
Watch a key portion of Giuliani’s interview with Fox News anchor Shannon Bream …
Video by Fox News
Before changing his mind about the Ukraine trip, Biden tweeted to Sen. Murphy …
Explain to me why Biden shouldn’t be investigated if his son got millions from a Russian loving crooked Ukrainian oligarch while He was VP and point man for Ukraine. Ukrainians are investigating and your fellow Dems are interfering. Election is 17 months away. Let’s answer it now https://t.co/FT34kX7Pst
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) May 10, 2019
Regardless of the decision by Giuliani not to travel to Ukraine, he said, “I am actually quite confident that facts with regard to vice president — former vice president — Biden are so compelling that there’s no way that he gets from here to the election without this being investigated.”
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