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Trump Instructed Administration Officials To Report Ukraine Matters To Rudy Giuliani Instead Of State Department: Report

President Donald Trump ordered senior officials to report to his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, not Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to a new report by CNN.

By instructing a Cabinet secretary and staff at the State Department to report to his personal lawyer, Trump has Giuliani operating as something of a shadow secretary of state, the report states.

The report also reveals how central Giuliani was to the operation attempting to get Ukraine to dig up political dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, actions that ultimately led the House of Representatives to start an impeachment inquiry of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine that now has the support of most Americans.

According to the News Network, Trump tasked Giuliani with determining whether Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was worthy of a meeting with him. Traditionally, that sort of task would be within the purview of the U.S. secretary of state.

“Trump directed Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and two top State Department officials to deal with his private attorney Rudy Giuliani,” CNN reported, calling it “a clear circumvention of official channels.”

Perry, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, and then-special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker were the officials in question.

CNN also notes that the incident demonstrates how “significant Giuliani was in brokering access to the President.”

A spokesperson with the Energy Department admitted that Perry spoke with Giuliani but wouldn’t comment on the substance of the meeting. Giuliani was evasive when CNN questioned him.

Giuliani “said that any information about his possible discussions with Perry would be privileged,” CNN reported. “He did not explain why.”

Giuliani has repeatedly claimed that his conversations with Trump and other figures are “privileged,” but legal experts have said this assertion is dubious.

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