Giuliani assures Trump Ukraine 'insurance' comment was a joke

Friday, 29 Nov, 2019

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testified that Trump directed him, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and former Ukraine special envoy Kurt Volker to work closely with Giuliani on Ukraine matters, a request that he viewed with alarm as Giuliani was a private citizen.

"I told you my state of mind at the time and I was making clear I never met him". I know he was going to go to Ukraine, and I think he canceled a trip, but you know Rudy has other clients other than me.

Giuliani's discussions with Ukrainian officials were far enough along that he prepared a retainer agreement on his company letterhead, Giuliani Partners, that he signed, according to The New York Times, which reviewed the document. Mr Trump repeatedly told diplomats to talk to Mr Giuliani regarding Ukraine. One proposal signed by Guiliani in February involved the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice.

The contract between Giuliani and Lutsenko would likely have been to help Ukraine recover the assets that the prosecutor claimed had been stolen from the country's government; Giuliani would probably not have been paid to personally pressure Lutsenko. Giuliani has said he went to Ukraine at the behest of Trump, carrying out an investigation "concerning 2016 Ukrainian collusion and corruption".

This is getting so bad for @RudyGiuliani that he's now getting embroiled in a set of side scandals all his own. The businessman was reportedly fighting bribery and money laundering charges while Giuliani was seeking cooperation with Ukrainians on the Biden probe. Besides working for President Trump, for which he maintains he received no payment, and attempting to work for Ukrainian officials, Giuliani also represented a Venezuelan businessman accused of ties to the Hugo Chavez regime.

"I am disappointed and quite frankly I am angered by the fact, he knows me, he knows my son, he knows there's nothing to this", Biden said in a terse exchange that could call into question his claim that he can work across the aisle with Republicans if elected president. Giuliani previously said he is working pro bono as a private defense counsel for the president.

Solomon pushed Giuliani's narrative citing statements from Lutsenko, but the prosecutor later retracted his comments, saying there was no evidence of wrongdoing by Biden. "Somebody could say it's improper, and this isn't foreign policy - I'm asking them to do an investigation that they're doing already". Lutsenko used this access to influence United States policy towards Ukraine, helping to force the ousting of Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, who criticized Lutsenko; his training of senior Trump administration officials may have also contributed to his efforts to retain his post following the election of President Volodymyr Zelensky in April. The former NY mayor would have helped the Ukraine government find stolen money in return for a payment to his firm of $300,000.

Giuliani's close associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were arrested last month at an airport outside Washington while trying to board a flight to Europe with one-way tickets.

O'Reilly asked once again: "Giuliani's your personal lawyer". Witnesses also identified Lutsenko as the Ukrainian official who appeared to be advocating for Yovanovitch's removal. They came to the US and gave it to me.