Trump denies telling Giuliani to get Ukraine to investigate political foes

Sunday, 01 Dec, 2019

The denial that he directed Giuliani's diplomatic foray comes as House Democrats conduct an impeachment inquiry scrutinizing correct what the President knew and did surrounding the withholding of support to Ukraine. We now know without a shadow of a doubt that Trump tasked Giuliani with managing his Ukraine "policy", including his effort to pressure Ukraine to help smear Biden in advance of the 2020 presidential election. "Rudy has other clients, other than me", Trump said.

Katy Tur noted Trump appearing to distance himself from Giuliani's Ukraine work yesterday.

President Donald Trump had been briefed on the whistleblower complaint that's now at the heart of the House impeachment inquiry when he released military aid to Ukraine in September, The New York Times reported Monday, citing two people familiar with the matter. He also told the Guardian earlier in November that he had "insurance" should the president throw him under the bus. And on Wednesday, CNN's KFile reported that Giuliani has given inconsistent answers about his connections to a Ukrainian oligarch who he previously said he had "nothing to do with".

"T$3 hat information will be very, very helpful to my client", he predicted, "and may turn out to be helpful to my government".

Giuliani had raised the prospect of "insurance" in comments that he's said were jokes but that also seemed like veiled warnings. I will seek recordsdata from him to name you along with the Authorized dependable Usual. Soon after the Times story was published, Giuliani canceled his trip. During his public testimony, US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told lawmakers there was a quid pro quo for Ukraine to announce investigations into Mr Trump's political opponents, which came from Mr Giuliani at the "express direction of the President".

"No, I didn't direct him but he is a warrior", Trump told O'Reilly, adding Giuliani "possibly saw something" and "he's done work in Ukraine for years". O'Reilly: "You didn't direct him to go there on your behalf?"Trump: "No, I didn't direct him, but he is a warrior, he is a warrior". "Rudy's been like this forever, and Trump has never wanted to dump him". Rudy went, he perchance seen something. "We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani".

Numerous reports have suggested that Republicans - and even the president - could turn on Giuliani in a bid to protect Trump by framing him as a rogue actor in his Ukraine dealings. Kirschner said Trump may be "realizing that all of his bluff and bluster and all of his attacks on the process are not working". In the July 25 phonecall with Ukraine's president Zelensky that sparked the impeachment investigation, Trump asked Zelensky to speak with Giuliani. In the transcript, Giuliani is mentioned as a point person for Ukrainian President Zelensky to contact on the alleged Ukraine DNC server hack. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you.

"You have to ask that to Rudy". He said he ultimately declined that one, too, and was never "paid a penny" in connection with the proposed arrangements. They came to the USA and gave it to me. The president then referred to Giuliani as a liaison for the possible Biden investigation.

And high diplomats maintain testified that Giuliani's feature loomed orderly over their very bear first price operations regarding Ukraine.

A draft proposal reviewed by the Times more directly spelled out that Giuliani would have represented Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine's former top prosecutor.