Rudy Giuliani Implicates State Department Official In Trump’s Ukraine Scandal
President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani showed up at Fox News on Monday night and told Sean Hannity that his recent dealings with Ukraine were initiated by the State Department.
“The State Department called me and said would I take a call from Mr. Andriy Yermak, who’s number two or three to the president-elect who is now the president,” said Giuliani, one of President Trump’s personal attorneys.
Giuliani said he then spoke with Yermak and that he then passed along the “enormously important facts” to the State Department.
When reached for comment, a State Department spokesperson said: “Mr. Giuliani is a private citizen and acts in a personal capacity as a lawyer for President Trump. He does not speak on behalf of the U.S. Government.”
Giuliani’s Monday night comments follow a Wall Street Journal report last week in which he said he traveled to Paris in June to meet with a Ukrainian official from the prosecutor general’s office and then to Madrid in August to meet with Yermak. Both meetings were part of the Trump administration’s effort to pressure the Ukrainian government to look further into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
The Washington Post reported Monday that President Trump ordered $400 million in U.S. aid to Ukraine to be frozen days before he called Ukrainian President Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelensky.
The phone call was the catalyst for the whistleblower complaint that reportedly said Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate the Biden family.
Trump confirmed Tuesday that he had withheld the funds from Ukraine.
Biden, a Democratic presidential candidate who is leading the field in most national polls, has called for the White House to release a transcript of the conversation between Trump and Zelensky.
“Such clear-cut corruption damages and diminishes our institutions of government by making them tools of a personal political vendetta,” Biden said in a statement.
Here’s Giuliani’s interview with Sean Hannity:
Here's Rudy Giuliani telling Hannity that the State Department actually asked him to get involved with Ukraine and push for "corruption" investigations aimed at implicating the Bidens 🤔 pic.twitter.com/bm8bdKIZDu
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 24, 2019
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