Both Donald Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani have a bad habit of undermining themselves. Giuliani also undermined his main client, the president — twice. The goal of Yurly Lutsenko and Rudy Giuliani has been to provide dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden. Why? Trump considers the former VP to be his top contender in the 2020 presidential election. This is how it all unfolded.
The New Yorker magazine just released an interview with Giuliani. In the article, Giuliani dropped that he was the one who was responsible for former career U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanotich getting fired. He said the reason was that she stood in his way:
‘I believed that I needed Yovanovitch out of the way. She was going to make the investigations difficult for everybody.’
Not only that, the former New York City mayor admitted that he hired John Solomon who was from The Hill where he had been a columnist. Giuliani wanted him to write propaganda against Yovanovitch:
‘I said, “John, let’s make this as prominent as possible. I’ll go on TV. You go on TV. You do columns.”‘
Last month the former career ambassador testified under oath that the president, Giuliani, and others set into motion a coordinated smear campaign against her. In it, these people accused her of being “an enemy of the president.”
She wes the first member of the U.S. government to risk her job, another one she enjoys, to testify in the House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearings. There she told the panel members she understood that Trump had every right to fire her. She just wanted to know why he and his allies thought that they needed to ruin her reputation:
‘While I obviously don’t dispute that the president has the right to withdraw an ambassador at any time for any reason, but what I do wonder is why it was necessary to smear my reputation?’
In sworn depositions by former career Marie Yovanotich, the names of Yuriy Lutsenko and Rudy Giuliani appeared numerous times. Lutsenko was the Prosecutor General of Ukraine from May 2016 until late in August 2019:
‘Giuliani compiled a dossier on the Bidens and Yovanovitch, which he sent to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and which was shared with the F.B.I. and with me (New Yorker staff writer Adam Entous).’
At first, Lutsenko and Giuliani appeared to work well. Lutsenko said it was a “win-win” situation, but their partnership began to fall apart. Giuliani did not produce a meeting with Attorney General William Barr. Then, Lutsenko did not publicly announce the supposed investigation into the Bidens.
At that point, Donald Trump called the new president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. POTUS provided a public summary of that conversation, which was a fatal flaw.
By December 12, 2019, Trump had retweeted Lutsenko’s latest claims to his 67.5 million followers:
‘Lutsenko’s latest claims that Yovanovitch lied under oath, retweeting to his 67.5 million followers a link to Lutsenko’s interview with Rion. The day after Lutsenko’s interview, I asked him why he had renewed his partnership with Giuliani, whose competence he had previously questioned. “I have no other way to protect my reputation,” he responded. “Why not?”’
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