After the Mueller report was released and Trump started to believe that he has completely gotten away with accepting foreign aid in a presidential election, it seems he’s more willing to do the same but openly for 2020. An upcoming trip to Ukraine planned by Trump’s TV lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was billed as a fact-finding mission against challenger Joe Biden. Democrats, however, called for an investigation as the trip looked more like a repeat of 2016.
Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer to the president of the United States, is openly pressing a foreign government to pursue investigations that Trump allies hope could help him in his re-election campaign.
"That information will be very, very helpful to my client."https://t.co/ZYil0vKYtL
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 10, 2019
Giuliani announced during an interview with Fox News that he had canceled the trip amongst all the criticism but insists that the cancellation was due to dark and evil forces in Ukraine against the U.S. Republicans in general and President Trump specifically.
‘I’m convinced from what I’ve heard from two very reliable people tonight that the president [Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky] is surrounded by people who are enemies of the president [Trump], and people who are — at least [in] one case — clearly corrupt and involved in this scheme.’
I know we’ve become numb to the corruption of this Administration, but this story should be the total focus of the political class today. The President is openly asking a foreign government to investigate his political rival. This is next level. https://t.co/pboUJuCPoj
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) May 10, 2019
Giuliani insists that the trip was unrelated to the upcoming 2020 U.S. presidential election, but Democrats grew suspicious amidst the scandal-spinning against Vice President Biden. In a letter to the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Jim Risch (D-ID), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CN) called for an investigation into the planned trip.
‘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.’
NBC First Read on the Giuliani Ukraine report: "How isn't this the biggest political story in America right now — Team Trump wants the help from another foreign government to dig up dirt on an opponent?" https://t.co/sIXT4BZHN5
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 10, 2019
Giuliani and other GOP officials, with help from Fox News, insist that the real scandal in Ukraine is related to Biden’s son, Hunter. In an interview with POLITICO, Trump hinted as corruption within the Biden family:
‘Trump also touched on the business activities in Ukraine of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, a subject that has drawn scrutiny among conservatives in recent days and which Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, says should be investigated further. As vice president, Joe Biden pressured Ukraine’s government to oust a top anti-corruption official who had reportedly investigated a Ukrainian energy company in which Hunter Biden had a financial interest, although no evidence has emerged that Joe Biden was acting to assist his son, and it is not clear that the official was probing the company at the time.
‘Trump has also alleged that Ukraine’s government aided Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign by releasing damaging information about his since-jailed campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who made millions doing political work in the country.’
I agree with @PhilippeReines that Giuliani and thus Trump have committed a “high Crime” against the United States by openly and flagrantly inviting Ukraine’s government to help them in the contest for the presidency against @JoeBiden. That’s the lesson Trump learned from 2016. https://t.co/Ogy703u4Y1
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) May 11, 2019
Of course, the president who has stated publicly that he’s probably under audit from the IRS consistently because he’s such a noted and devout Christian also sees persecution in the failure of the media to pick up the story he wants them to run about a scandal that has no evidence behind it because the media is always colluding with the Democrats.
‘Because he’s a Democrat it’s about 1/100 the size of the fact that if he were a Republican, it would be a lot bigger.’
For Giuliani’s Fox News interview, see video below:
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